Alexander Grants Accrediting Role to Christian Body

Education Secretary says Transnational Association meets U.S. criteria, but a critic sees `politics'

Washington, D.C. -- Education Secretary Lamar Alexander has set off a new debate over accreditation with his decision to grant federal recognition to the Transnational Association of Christian Schools. The association describes itself as "an accrediting agency for Christian institutions which believe in Biblical inerrancy, Biblical authority, the historicity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis including special creation as opposed to evolution, and other doctrines of the