Association of Christian Schools International

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Association of Christian Schools International
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AbbreviationACSI
Formation1978
TypeNon-governmental organization
HeadquartersColorado Springs, CO
Region served
100 countries
Membership
23,000
President
Dr. Larry Taylor [1]
Staff
100
Websiteacsi.org

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), founded in 1978, is an association of evangelical Christian schools. Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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. [2]Various international schools have joined the network.[3] In 2021, it had 23,000 schools in 100 countries. [4]

Governance[edit]

The governance of the organization is ensured by a President and Regional Presidents in the 5 Continental Regions Members. [5]

Affiliations[edit]

The organization is a member of the World Evangelical Alliance. [6]

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.[7]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9][10]

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.[11] On August 8, 2008, Judge Otero entered summary judgment against plaintiff ACSI.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Leadership". Association of Christian Schools International.
  2. ^ George Thomas Kurian, Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Volume 3, Rowman & Littlefield, USA, 2015, p. 819
  3. ^ Randall Herbert Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism: Revised and expanded edition, Baylor University Press, USA, 2004, p. 40
  4. ^ ACSI, Where does ACSI work?, acsi.org, USA, retrieved June 8, 2021
  5. ^ ACSI, Global National Offices, acsi.org, USA, retrieved June 8, 2021
  6. ^ WEA, Affiliate Members, worldea.org, USA, retrieved June 8, 2021
  7. ^ a b "Creationist lawsuit against UC system to proceed" (Press release). National Center for Science Education. 2006-09-10. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  8. ^ 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 Archived November 13, 2002, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Behe, Michael J. (April 2, 2007) Expert Witness report Archived June 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine in Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al.
  10. ^ United States District Court for the Central District of California (May 30, 2007) Deposition of Michael Behe Archived June 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine in Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al.
  11. ^ "Interim victory in California creationism case" (Press release). National Center for Science Education. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  12. ^ "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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