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Meyer v. Nebraska (full title Meyer v. State of Nebraska) (1923) was the first of three Supreme Court cases, the other two being Pierce v. Society of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (1925) and Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972), that shaped the right of parents, under the Fourteenth Amendment Liberty Clause, to direct the education of their children. In its first application of the Fourteenth Amendment's Liberty Clause to education, the Court ruled in Meyer that the state exceeded its power in an unreasonable law dictating both to a teacher and to students' parents the language that must be used in instruction.

Facts of the Case

Meyer involved the constitutionality of a post-World War I statute that the legislature of Nebraska enacted prohibiting instruction ...

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