Case Summary: Engel v. Vitale (1962) (High School Level)

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Case issue: Does the recitation of a government-composed prayer in public schools violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment?

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This is a high school-level case summary. A middle school-level summary is also available

Because this case includes issues related to race and social identity, Street Law recommends: Teaching Street Law Content Involving Race and Social Identity. This resource can help teachers bring content about race and social identity into their classrooms. It offers some advice and questions to help guide decisions about teaching this content while affirming students’ identities.


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