School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics

School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics

by Melissa M. Deckman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1589010000

ISBN-13: 9781589010000

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

In the "culture wars" taking place in the United States, one of the most interesting, if under-the-radar, battlegrounds is in local school board elections. Rarely does the pitch of this battle reach national attention as it did in Kansas when the state school board -- led by several outspoken conservative Christians -- voted to delete evolution from the state's…  See more details below

Overview

In the "culture wars" taking place in the United States, one of the most interesting, if under-the-radar, battlegrounds is in local school board elections. Rarely does the pitch of this battle reach national attention as it did in Kansas when the state school board -- led by several outspoken conservative Christians -- voted to delete evolution from the state's science curriculum and its standardized tests in August 1999. School Board Battles studies the motivation, strategies, and electoral success of Christian Right school board candidates, and gives a surprisingly complex picture of these candidates. She examines important questions: Why do conservative Christians run for school boards? How much influence has the Christian Right actually had on school boards? How do conservative Christians govern? School Board Battles is an indepth and in-the-trenches look at an important skirmish in the culture wars -- one that may well have a lasting impact on our nation's youth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589010000
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Religion and Politics Series
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1The Christian Right and Education Politics: Past History and Current Concerns1
Ch. 2A Profile of School Board Candidates31
Ch. 3Why Conservative Christians Run for School Board55
Ch. 4The Campaign Strategies of Christian Right Candidates83
Ch. 5A Christian Right Takeover?123
Ch. 6The Christian Right as School Board Members: How Conservative Christians Govern135
Conclusion167
App. A: Methodology175
App. BSurvey Instrument: The American University Survey of School Board Candidates179
App. CCase Study Interview and Questionnaire191
Notes197
References205
Index217

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