Meyer v. Nebraska
262 U.S. 390 (1923)

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Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923)

Meyer v. State of Nebraska

No. 325

Argued February 23, 1923

Decided June 4, 1923

262 U.S. 390

Syllabus

A state law forbidding, under penalty, the teaching in any private, denominational, parochial or public school, of any modern language, other than English, to any child who has not attained and successfully

Page 262 U. S. 391

passed the eighth grade, invades the liberty guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment and exceeds the power of the State. P. 262 U. S. 399.

So held where the statute was applied in punishment of an instructor who taught reading in German, to a child of ten years, in a parochial school.

107 Neb. 657, reversed.

ERROR to a judgment of the Supreme Court of Nebraska affirming a conviction for infraction of a statute against teaching of foreign languages to young children in schools.

Page 262 U. S. 396

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