By Carol Biliczky
Beacon Journal staff writer
CIRCLEVILLE: A Christian university in Ohio, whose president sits on the state school board overseeing school curriculum, is offering classes to public high school students at taxpayer expense and teaching courses from a conservative Christian perspective.
State law prohibits religious instruction as a part of the publicly funded Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, but Ohio Christian University makes clear on its website that it teaches with a conservative Christian perspective.
Students who enroll are eligible for high school and college credit. Many enroll online and some participate at the school’s Circleville campus.
As an example of its curriculum, the school says students taking the class Survey of American History “will be able to analyze the varied political, economic, religious, and cultural achievements of America in light of biblical truth,” according to an online course description.
The classes are available to students in public and private high schools. Their tuition to Ohio Christian is deducted from local school districts, and for private-school students the state established a special fund.
College President Mark Smith, in his second year on the state school board, refused through spokeswoman Ronda Baldwin to discuss details of PSEO classes and funding for this story.