ERIC Number: ED434394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Public Funding of Religious Schools: Legal and Political Implications of Current Court Cases.
Mathis, William J.; Pearl, Mitchell L.
This paper analyzes current court cases that address the relationships among church, state, and education, describing how government and religion have been intertwined through most of history. With the rise of democracies, however, and the recognition of abuses perpetrated by religio-government alliances, the separation of church and state became popular. This separation has now come into question with the rise of the school privatization movement and competition among schools. The increasing influence of private schools, vouchers, and individual choice has led to extensive litigation. Key cases involve the protection of privately funded religious education, the practice of religion in public schools, and the denial of religious instruction in public schools. The paper then covers current court cases in Wisconsin, Ohio, Vermont, Maine, Arizona, and other states. Often obscured by fine legalistic distinctions, the fundamental question remains whether education is for the common good or for individual good. (Contains 29 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).