Meyer v. Nebraska
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262 U.S. 390 (1923)
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U.S. Supreme Court
Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923)
Meyer v. State of Nebraska
Argued February 23, 1923
Decided June 4, 1923
262 U.S. 390
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
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.