|1) Dilger v. School District 352 P2d 564 (1960)
The Supreme Court of Oregon in the Dilger case upheld the validity and constitutionality of the Oregon Released Time Statute. The court ruled that,
In one sense, then, the statute is mandatory - the child must be excused upon a proper application. In another sense, the statute is discretionary in permitting the administrator of the school to adjust the time within which the child will be released. (Dilger at 568)
The court emphasized that although the statute states a child "may be excused," it is proper to construe the word "may" as meaning "shall" in order to carry out the intention of the Legislature (Dilger at 568).
In conclusion, the school officials must grant parents' permission to have their children released for religious instruction. On the other hand, the public school may dictate the days and time the children may be excused.