Association of Christian Schools International

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Association of Christian Schools International
Association of Christian Schools International (logo).png
Abbreviation ACSI
Motto To strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Formation 1978
Type Non-governmental organization
Headquarters Colorado Springs, CO
Region served Worldwide
Membership 23,900 schools
President Dr. Dan Egeler
Staff 100
Website www.acsiglobal.org

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is an association of evangelical Protestant Christian schools.

Purposes[edit]

ACSI is a Protestant association for Christian schools.[1] Its stated mission is to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The principles it supports include a belief that Scripture is the revealed Word of God[2] and should be taught as truth.

The association offers multiple services, including accreditation for early-education programs and primary and secondary schools,[3] certification, [4] curriculum, legal/legislative services,[5] and urban school services.[6]

Because ACSI does not accredit colleges or universities, it is not recognized as an accreditor of higher education institutions by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education. However, the organization does allow institutions of higher learning to be members. In 1994 ACSI's primary school and secondary school programs became officially recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).[7] The United States Department of Education does not recognize or certify agencies for the accreditation of primary and secondary schools, including regional accrediting agencies.

History[edit]

ACSI was founded in 1978 through the merger of three associations: The National Christian School Education Association; The Ohio Association of Christian Schools; and the Western Association of Christian Schools. Soon after the new association formed, several other Christian school associations joined ACSI: The Southeast Association of Christian Schools; the Association of Teachers of Christian Schools (Midwest); the Great Plains Association of Christian Schools; and the Texas Association of Christian Schools.

ACSI was first headquartered in La Habra, California, and moved to its larger headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1994. Today, in addition to the headquarters facility, ACSI has 28 regional offices worldwide and serves 23,400 member schools in more than 100 countries. ACSI is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization governed by a 36-member Executive Board elected by member schools.[8]

Lawsuit[edit]

In spring 2006 the Association of Christian Schools International sued the University of California system alleging that the rejection of several Christian science courses was "viewpoint discrimination" which violated the constitutional rights of applicants from Christian schools whose high school coursework is deemed inadequate preparation for college. The lawsuit was brought by the parents of six children who had not been rejected from the university. In August 2006, the case Association of Christian Schools International v. Roman Stearns was allowed to proceed against the university while lawsuits against individual school officials were thrown out.[9]

The National Center for Science Education noted, "One of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs is Wendell Bird, a former staff attorney for the Institute for Creation Research. As a special assistant attorney general for Louisiana, he defended the state's "equal time" law, which was ruled to be unconstitutional in Edwards v. Aguillard.[9] The National Center for Science Education works in collaboration with National Academy of Sciences, the National Association of Biology Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association, which consider creationism and intelligent design to be pseudoscience.[10]

The Association retained leading intelligent design proponent Michael Behe to testify in the case as an expert witness. Behe's expert witness report claimed that the Christian textbooks were excellent works for high school students and he defended that view in a deposition.[11][12]

On March 28, 2008 the defendants won a legal victory when their motion for partial summary judgment was granted, and the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment was denied.[13] On August 8, 2008, Judge Otero entered summary judgment against plaintiff ACSI.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Statement of Faith". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Accreditation". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Certification". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Legal Legislative Services". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Urban School Services". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  7. ^ Miller, Laura (1994-10-05). "Private School Accrediting Group Names Members". Education Week. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  8. ^ "ACSI History". Association of Christian Schools International. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  9. ^ a b "Creationist lawsuit against UC system to proceed" (Press release). National Center for Science Education. 2006-09-10. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  10. ^ See: 1) List of scientific societies rejecting intelligent design 2) Kitzmiller v. Dover page 83. The Discovery Institute's Dissent From Darwin Petition has been signed by about 500 scientists. The AAAS, the largest association of scientists in the U.S., has 120,000 members, and firmly rejects ID.
  11. ^ Behe, Michael J. (April 2, 2007) Expert Witness report in Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al.
  12. ^ United States District Court for the Central District of California (May 30, 2007) Deposition of Michael Behe in Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al.
  13. ^ "Interim victory in California creationism case" (Press release). National Center for Science Education. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  14. ^ "Judge throws out religious discrimination suit". North County Times. August 8, 2008. Archived from the original on 15 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 

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