ERIC Number: ED417492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Guidance on the Supreme Court's Decision in "Agostini v. Felton" and Title I (Part A) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Agostini v. Felton holding that Title I instructional services may be provided in religiously affiliated private schools without violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The U.S. Department of Education's interpretation and intended enforcement of this ruling are offered here. Using a question-and-answer format, the paper opens with an overview of the Court's decision. Then it provides an outline of the circumstances surrounding the case and the determination that providing Title I services in private schools is constitutional as long as certain safeguards, such as public employees alone serving as Title I instructors and counselors, are in place. The effective date of the decision is provided and how the Court's ruling will affect the location and types of services are likewise discussed. A description of the contacts and activities in private schools, such as whether it is permissible for Title I teachers to use private school facilities other than the Title I classroom, are detailed, followed by an overview of the use and disposal of mobile vans and how capital expense funds will be affected. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I