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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Agostini v. Felton
Agostini v. Felton

Decided June 23, 1997

521 U.S. 203

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/521/203.html

Decision

Public schools do not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment when they provide special education instruction on the premises of parochial schools. The fact that federal funds are spent for programs inside religious schools does not mean or imply government endorsement of religion. School officials can be trusted to fashion rules and guidelines that would avoid excessive entanglement between the public school and the religious group operating the private school.

Background

The Supreme Court has struggled for decades to define the constitutionally proper boundary between church and state in the context of public and parochial school education. The Court has allowed some forms of public aid to religious schools, but said other kinds of assistance ...

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