School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics

School Board Battles: The Christian Right in Local Politics

by Melissa M. Deckman
     
 

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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

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.

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 Tablesviii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Chapter 1The Christian Right and Education Politics: Past History and Current Concerns1
Chapter 2A Profile of School Board Candidates31
Chapter 3Why Conservative Christians Run for School Board55
Chapter 4The Campaign Strategies of Christian Right Candidates83
Chapter 5A Christian Right Takeover?123
Chapter 6The Christian Right as School Board Members: How Conservative Christians Govern135
Conclusion167
Appendix AMethodology175
Appendix BSurvey Instrument: The American University Survey of School Board Candidates179
Appendix CCase Study Interview and Questionnaire191
Notes197
References205
Index217

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