Aguilar v. Felton
Aguilar v. Felton, 473 U.S. 402 (1985), was a United States Supreme Court case holding that New York City's program that sent public school teachers into parochial schools to provide remedial education to disadvantaged children pursuant to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 necessitated an excessive entanglement of church and state and violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
|Aguilar v. Felton|
|Argued December 5, 1984|
Decided July 1, 1985
|Full case name||Aguilar, et al. v. Felton, et al.|
|Citations||473 U.S. 402 (more)|
|Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 remedial services could not be provided on the premises of a parochial school because doing so violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause.|
|Majority||Brennan, joined by Marshall, Blackmun, Powell, Stevens|
|Dissent||O'Connor, joined by Rehnquist (Parts II and III)|
|U.S. Const. amend. I|
|Agostini v. Felton (1997)|
Aguilar v. Felton was subsequently overruled by Agostini v. Felton, 521 U.S. 203 (1997).
Quote from Justice O'ConnorEdit
For these children, the Court's decision is tragic. The Court deprives them of a program that offers a meaningful chance at success in life, and it does so on the untenable theory that public school teachers (most of whom are of different faiths than their students) are likely to start teaching religion merely because they have walked across the threshold of a parochial school. ~Justice O'Connor.
- Text of Aguilar v. Felton, 473 U.S. 402 (1985) is available from: CourtListener Findlaw Google Scholar Justia Oyez (oral argument audio)