Oregon Compulsory Public Education, Measure 6 (1922)

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After a lawsuit filed by the Society of Sisters, the law was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States in Pierce v. Society of Sisters.

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The Oregon Compulsory Public Education Bill, also known as Measure 6, was on the November 7, 1922 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved, but later overturned. The measure would have required children between eight and sixteen to attend a public school with some exceptions based on age, health and access to a parent or private teacher.[1]


The law was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States in Pierce v. Society of Sisters.

Election results

Oregon Measure 6 (1922)
OverturnedotOverturned Case:Pierce v. Society of Sisters 
Yes 115,506 52.70%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Initiative Bill - Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by Ira B. Sturges, Baker, Oregon; Dr. Robert C. Ellsworth, Pendleton, Oregon; Harold Baldwin, Prineville, Oregon; Collin E. Davis, The Falles, Oregon; Leslie G. Johnson, Marshfield, Oregon; C. A. Swope, Grants Pass, Oregon; W. F. Harris, Roseburg, Oregon; John R. Penland, Albany, Oregon; J. R. Jeffery, Seaside, Oregon; F. C. Holibaugh, St. Helens, Oregon; O. O. Hodson, McMinnville, Oregon; E. L. Johnson, Hillsboro, Oregon - COMPULSORY EDUCATION BILL - Purpose: Requiring any parent, guardian or other person having control, charge or custody of a child over eight and under sixteen years of age, from and after September 1, 1926, to send such child to a public school during the entire school year, excepting: (a) children physically unable; (b) children who have completed the eighth grade; (c) children between the ages of eight and ten living more than one and one-half miles, and children over ten years of age living more than three miles from a public school, except when transportation is furnished; (d) children taught by parent or private teacher.
Vote YES or NO.

314. Yes

315. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 6 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Ira B. Sturges of Baker on July 6, 1922.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.