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.
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris
Decided June 27, 2002
536 U.S. 639
An Ohio program that allows needy parents to use taxpayer-funded school vouchers to pay for tuition at religiously affiliated schools does not violate the First Amendment, which bars government establishment of religion.
Even a half-century after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (see Brown v. Board of Education), the quality of public schools varies widely throughout the United States. Factors of race and class often affect the educational opportunities children have.
During the 1990s a new alternative gained popularity as a way to combat this problem: school vouchers, also known as school choice. Under these programs, parents—especially those who are poor—would be able to send their children to the public or private school that ...