Sunday, August 28, 2005

California SmackDown! Christian HS Vs. The UC System

You might want to keep a close eye on how this one plays out:
A group representing California religious schools has filed a lawsuit accusing the University of California system of discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints.

The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming UC admissions officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin's theory of evolution. Other rejected courses include "Christianity's Influence in American History."

According to the lawsuit, the Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta was told its courses were rejected because they use textbooks printed by two Christian publishers, Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Books.
Read the whole thing. There is more here, here, and especially over there.

Ravi Poorsina, who is a spokeswoman for the university system, declined to comment as the university has not yet been served with the lawsuit. She did indicate that the institution had the right to set course requirements.

This lawsuit will almost certainly involve a variety of constitutional issues and may very well end-up being heard in front of the United States Supreme Court.

Stay tuned.

Tomorrow, our 13-year-old daughter, the TeenWonk, will begin her first-year of high school. The university system has perscribed a list of classes that public school students should take if they wish to attend a school in the UC system.

As she will be attending a public school, I hope the textbooks that my kid will soon be using have the UC stamp of approval.
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