PIERCE v. SOCIETY OF SISTERS

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
583
Petitioner 
Pierce
Respondent 
Society of Sisters
Decided By 
Term:
Location: Congress
Facts of the Case 

The Compulsory Education Act of 1922 required parents or guardians to send children between the ages of eight and sixteen to public school in the district where the children resided. The Society of Sisters was an Oregon corporation which facilitated care for orphans, educated youths, and established and maintained academies or schools. This case was decided together with Pierce v. Hill Military Academy.

Question 

Did the Act violate the liberty of parents to direct the education of their children?

Conclusion 

Yes. The unanimous Court held that "the fundamental liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general power of the State to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only."

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