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Zorach v. Clauson
Citation:343 U.S. 306, 72 S.Ct. 679, 96 L.Ed. 954 (1952).
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New York City created a program which permitted its public schools to release students during the school day to attend religious centers for religious instruction or devotional exercises. Those not released stayed in the classrooms. The churches made weekly reports to the schools. The released time program involved neither religious instruction in private schools nor expenditure of public funds. Plaintiffs challenged the released time program, arguing it violated the First Amendment.
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