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Illinois ex rel. McCollum v. Board of Education

Significance, Wall Between Church And State Remains Intact, Related Cases, Further Readings


Vashti McCollum


Board of Education of School District No. 71, Champaign County, Illinois

Appellant's Claim

That a policy of permitting limited religious instruction in public schools violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Walter F. Dodd

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Owen Rall and John L. Franklin

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Harold Burton, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Frank Murphy, Wiley Blount Rutledge, Fred Moore Vinson

Justices Dissenting

Stanley Forman Reed


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

8 March 1948


The Supreme Court held that the state could not permit religious instruction to take place in public school classrooms.

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