Engel v Vitale

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Facts of the Case

Students at New York public schools were required by law to start each day by saying the pledge of allegiance and a short prayer authorized by the board of regents. One student refrained from this optional prayer and their parent sued on their behalf.

Establishment Clause in the First Amendment

Monday, June 25th 1962 at 4pm

New York

Does a nondenominational prayer at the start of the school day violate the establishment clause of the first amendment?


The precedent established was that mixing religion and government are not to be done in any circumstance, especially not at school.