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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Pierce v. Society of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Citation:268 U.S. 510 (1925)
Oregon passed a law requiring that parents with children between the ages of eight and sixteen send their children to school, with limited exceptions. The appellees, Society of Sisters, operated a private Catholic school, and Hill Military Academy operated a private military academy. After the law was passed, students began withdrawing from the appellees‘ school. The appellees argued that the law was unconstitutional because the law (1) conflicted with the rights of parents to choose the schools their children would attend, (2) conflicted with the child’s right to influence their parents decision where they should attend school, (3) conflicted with the rights of teachers to engage in their profession. They called for enjoinment of the law in order to prevent further harm to the value of the schools.
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