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Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children are fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Parents Defending Education v. Linn-Mar Community School District

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Linn-Mar Community School District in Iowa enacted a policy that violates parents’ constitutional and fundamental rights to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children.


John Bursch
John Bursch
Senior Counsel, Vice President of Appellate Advocacy
John Bursch is senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom. Bursch has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases and three dozen state supreme court cases, and he has successfully litigated six matters with at least $1 billion at stake.