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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Zorach v. Clauson

Volume 4 . Chapter 12 . § 12-03

Zorach v. Clauson15 § 12-03

Shortly after deciding that released time programs allowing public school students to receive religious instruction on school property were unconstitutional, the Supreme Court was faced with the task of deciding the constitutionality of released time programs that permitted public school children to leave school property to receive religious instruction.

New York City developed a program that permitted its public schools to release students during the school day so that they could leave the school buildings and grounds and go to religious centers for religious instruction or devotional exercises. Students were released upon written request of their parents. Those not released stayed at school. The churches and other ...

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