ERIC Number: ED106935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Meek Et. Al. v. Pittenger, Secretary of Education, Et. Al. Supreme Court of the United States. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 73-1765. Argued February 19, 1975--Decided May 19, 1975.
Supreme Court of the U. S., Washington, DC.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is authorized to provide children enrolled in nonpublic schools meeting compulsory attendance requirements "auxiliary service" (Act 194) and loans of textbooks (Act 195). Act 195 also provides for loans to nonpublic schools of "instructional materials and equipment." The auxiliary services include counseling, testing, psychological services, speech and hearing therapy, and service for exceptional, remedial, or educationally disadvantaged students. The instructional materials include periodicals, photographs, maps, charts, recordings, and films. The instructional equipment includes projectors, recorders, and laboratory paraphernalia. Petitioners brought this suit in the district court challenging the constitutionality of both acts. The district court upheld the constitutionality of the textbook and instructional materials loan programs and the auxiliary services, but invalidated the instructional equipment loan program. The Supreme Court held that Act 194 and all but the textbook loan provision of Act 195 violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. (Author/DW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Supreme Court of the U. S., Washington, DC.
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