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Everson v. Board of Education

Significance, Public And Private School Busing, Further Readings


Arch R. Everson


Board of Education of Ewing Township

Appellant's Claim

That a New Jersey law authorizing school boards to reimburse parents for the costs of transporting their children to schools, both public and parochial, violates the principle of separation of church and state.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Edward R. Burke and E. Hilton Jackson

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William H. Speer

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed, Fred Moore Vinson

Justices Dissenting

Harold Burton, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Wiley Blount Rutledge


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

10 February 1947


The Supreme Court upheld the statute, reasoning that it benefited parents, not church-affiliated schools.

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