Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing (1947)

Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing
No. 52
133 N.J.L. 350, 44 A.2d 333 (1947)
February 10, 1947


Syllabus

Pursuant to a New Jersey statute authorizing district boards of education to make rules and contracts for the transportation of children to and from schools other than private schools operated for profit, a board of education by resolution authorized the reimbursement of parents for fares paid for the transportation by public carrier of children attending public and Catholic schools. The Catholic schools operated under the superintendency of a Catholic priestA priest is the leader of a religious community or congregation, specially trained and often ordained to service, who leads members of the community in the rituals and practice of shared and individual life. Many traditions have forms of priesthood.In the... and, in addition to secular education, gave religious instruction in the Catholic Faith. A district taxpayer challenged the validity under the Federal Constitution of the statute and resolution so far as they authorized reimbursement to parents for the transportation of children attending sectarian schools. No question was raised as to whether the exclusion of private schools operated for profit denied equal protection of the laws; nor did the record show that there were any children in the district who attended, or would have attended but for the cost of transportation, any but public or Catholic schools.

[Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing. No. 52. 133 N.J.L. 350, 44 A.2d 333 (1947). February 10, 1947. Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/.]