is, in fact, a Religious Right group with an agenda.
In 1998, a federal district court in Florida ruled that the NCBCPS
Bible curriculum crossed the line by promoting Christianity and enjoined the Lee County School Board from implementing it without changes.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and other civil liberties groups have spent that time warning public schools to stay away from the NCBCPS
Eleven districts utilize the curriculum of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS
), a North Carolina-based Christian Right organization.
As could be expected, the NCBCPS
faced criticism and controversy on its way to being implemented.
Chancey, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, did an extensive study of the NCBCPS
's curriculum in 2007.
A federal court has declared portions of the NCBCPS
curriculum unconstitutional, and scholars have scored it for being simplistic and slanted toward a fundamentalist perspective.
district court in Florida ruled the NCBCPS
curriculum unconstitutional in 1998 in Gibson v.
claims its curriculum is taught in hundreds of schools nationwide, but the group refuses to provide a list and the numbers are suspect.
The lawyers pointed out that use of the NCBCPS
's materials is especially problematic, as the group's mission is clearly evangelistic.
, which is supported by an increasing number of powerful Religious Right groups, claims that the curriculum is used in hundreds of school districts nationwide, though it refuses to name those districts.