Case Analysis and Comparison: Aguilar Versus Felton
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This paper is a case study, providing analysis and comparison, of the court case Aguilar V. Felton. The writer begins with a discussion and review of the court case itself, one in which the taxpayers sought to direct federal funds to pay public employees. Pulling in other resources and segments from the constitution, the paper provides a broad outlook of the case and how that outlook effected the court's decision.
From the Paper:"The Court affirmed the circuit court's holding in favor of appellees that the program that the appellants were running which provided federal funds to public employees who taught in parochial schools was unconstitutional because the program was an excessive entanglement of church and state in the administration of benefits. This ruling established the idea that excessive mixing of church and state in the education arena was a definite violation of the Establishment Clause and thus was unconstitutional (Aguilar v. Felton, 473 U.S. 402, 1985).
"Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 gave local institutions the authority to receive funds to assist educationally deprived children from low-income families. The city of New York often used portions of its Title I funding to pay salaries of employees who taught in parochial schools. Even though the Court acknowledged that the efforts of the City of New York were well-intentioned, it determined that the funding practices that they were using violated the Constitution. Teachers involved in this program were directed to avoid involvement in religious materials and activities in their classrooms. This along with the actions of school administrators and field supervisors, who monitored classroom activities for religious content, posed constitutional problems for the Court. Involving agents of the city in extensive monitoring increased the potential for the crossing of religious lines and violated the intent of the Establishment Clause which was established to prevent the intrusion of church and state on each other's respective domain (The Oyez Project, Aguilar v. Felton, 473 U.S. 402 (1985), 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Allison, Jim. (n.d.). Establishment Clause Jurisprudence. Retrieved October 28, 2009, from Website: http://candst.tripod.com/tnppage/eclauidx.htm
- Agostini v. Felton, 521 U.S. 203 (1997).
- Aguilar v. Felton, 473 U.S. 402 (1985).
- The Oyez Project, Aguilar v. Felton , 473 U.S. 402 (1985). (2009). retrieved October 28, 2009, from OYEZ Web site: http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1984/1984_84_237
- US Supreme Court: Agostini v. Felton. (2009). Retrieved October 28, 2009, from Answers.com Web site: http://www.answers.com/topic/agostini-v-felton
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