In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state law that prohibits communists from teaching in public schools.
The New York state statute—called the Feinberg Law—banned from the teaching profession anyone who called for the overthrow of the government; the law was specifically aimed at communists.
The majority decision upholding the Feinberg Law, declared the New York Times, supported the belief that “the state had a constitutional right to protect the immature minds of children in its public schools from subversive propaganda, subtle or otherwise, disseminated by those ‘to whom they look for guidance, authority and leadership.'”
The Feinberg Law remained in force until another Supreme Court decision in 1967 declared most of its provisions unconstitutional.