Religion: On School Time or Off?

School boards and schoolteachers all over the U.S. were worried. The Supreme Court had ruled 8 to 1 for Unbeliever Vashti McCollum in her suit against the school board of Champaign, Ill. The court ruled that the board must stop making religious instruction available to its pupils in the school building and on school time. It also laid down the ruling that religious instruction in public schools was a violation of the First Amendment. Now the question was: Would the court also hold that religious education during "released time" was unconstitutional?

The National Education Association suggested that the system called "dismissed time"...

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