What’s next for Grace Christian?
Grace Christian Academy, a private Christian school in San Francisco, will end its contract with Grace Christian International, a chain of Christian schools in the United States that serves thousands of children.
The school’s parent company announced in a statement Thursday that it would cease operations and shutter schools across the country as part of a restructuring.
Grace Christian’s parent, the Christian Education Association of California, has been involved in a long-running legal battle with the U.S. Department of Education over how the Christian school system operates and what it means to be a Christian.
As part of the settlement, Grace Christian will continue to provide educational materials for the state’s public schools and other public-school students, and it will maintain a separate office to address its religious-based curriculum.
The company also will work with schools to develop programs to promote religious values, including using its resources to promote prayer and scripture readings.
In January, the state Department of Children and Families issued a directive to schools in California that required them to offer classes that are aligned with the American Principles of Christian Education curriculum and that they promote religious-free instruction.
“While we have been a successful provider of services to our state, we have reached a critical point in our time here in California, and we must now move forward in a way that reflects our values and beliefs,” the department said in a letter.