When was Abington School District v. Schempp heard in the US Supreme Court?

Abington Township School District v. Schempp, 374 US 203 (1963)

Abington Township v. Schempp involved a challenge to prayer in public schools as unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Supreme Court had addressed the conflict between school prayer and the First Amendment Establishment Clause the previous Term in Engel v. Vitale, (1962), but wanted to clarify some points that had raised protests from some members of the Christian public.

Schempp moved quickly from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to the US Supreme Court in early 1963, bypassing the US Court of Appeals Circuit Court.

The justices heard oral arguments on February 27 and February 28, 1963, and rendered their 8-1 decision in favor of Schempp on June 17, 1963.

The Supreme Court affirmed the US District Court decision overturning a Pennsylvania statute requiring Bible verses be read at the beginning of each school day.


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