ERIC Number: EJ757390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Governing with the Christian Right
Deckman, Melissa M.
School Administrator, v63 n9 p26 Oct 2006
The author of this article recently studied the impact of the Christian Right on school board politics in a Maryland school district. The six-year situation in Garrett County shows that religious conservatives do not necessarily govern by placing their personal religious views above all else. Governing with Christian Right board members might offer certain challenges for public school administrators, but probably not more than governing with any board members whose ideological views fall outside of the mainstream. Being patient no doubt helps, as does enlisting the support of the public in keeping such board members from enacting policies that either fall out of step with community norms or, in the case of religion, raise constitutional concerns. Administrators should take heart that the democratic process is alive and well. A school board majority that is bent on instituting a religiously based agenda will likely not last long, especially when such an agenda distracts from the core mission of the public schools.
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Public Schools, Political Attitudes, Politics of Education, Christianity, School Districts, Role of Education, Governance, Board of Education Policy, State Church Separation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland