ERIC Number: ED221921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-17
Reference Count: 0
The Clash between Private Religious Schools and State Regulations.
O'Reilly, Robert C.; Fellman, Beverly
State regulation of nonpublic schools in Nebraska is the topic addressed in this paper. The paper examines recent court decisions in the state relating to this issue and also traces the progress and eventual fate of several bills introduced in the Nebraska legislature concerning waiving requirements for nonpublic schools. Nonpublic schools in Nebraska must meet two qualitative essentials to receive state approval: compulsory attendance and state certification of teachers. Nebraska does not regulate student performance through statewide testing or graduation requirements. Schools that do not meet the state standards are considered illegal schools, and both the operators and the parents are subject to prosecution by county authorities. Some fundamentalist religious groups in Nebraska have challenged the state's right to apply school approval standards to nonpublic schools. In one case examined in detail, "Nebraska v. Faith Baptist," Faith Baptist Church was found to be operating an illegal school because the teachers had not been certified by the state. The state's effort to close the school because of noncompliance with state school laws was successful. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Accelerated Christian Education; Nebraska; Religious Freedom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (36th, San Marcos, TX, August 15-20, 1982).