Education in Crisis
The Feinberg Law
As a follow-up of Truman's Federal Employee Loyalty Program, in thirty states, loyalty oaths for teachers became compulsory.
The New York Feinberg Law was contested all the way to the Supreme Court in 1953. The court ruled that "[a] teacher works in a sensitive area in a schoolroom. There he shapes the attitudes of young minds towards the society in which they live. In this, the state has a vital concern" and ruled that the Feinberg Law, and other laws which mandated loyalty oaths from teachers, were constitutional.