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Lemon v. Kurtzman

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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky

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Citation. 403 U.S. 602, 91 S. Ct. 2105, 29 L. Ed. 2d 745, 1971 U.S.

Brief Fact Summary. The state reimburses parochial schools for certain expenses associated with the education of its children.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. To be valid, a statute must have a secular legislative purpose, must not advance or inhibit religion, and must not excessively entangle church and state.


Facts. Pennsylvania has a statute that reimburses religious schools for teacher salaries, textbooks, and other instructional materials. Rhode Island has a similar statute that allows the state to pay private school teachers a 15% salary supplement.

Issue. Is it constitutional for the state to provide financial assistance to religious schools for the cost of teaching secular subjects?
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