Abeka Book, LLC, known as A Beka Book until 2017, is an American publisher
affiliated with Pensacola Christian College
(PCC) that produces K-12 curriculum
materials that are used by Christian
schools and homeschooling
families around the world. It is named after Rebekah Horton, wife of college president Arlin Horton
. By the 1980s, Abeka and BJU Press
(formerly Bob Jones University Press) were the two major publishers of Christian-based educational materials in America.
The company started in 1972 as A Beka Book. In 2017, the company rebranded as Abeka. The video program Abeka Academy is on DVD and streams on the web.
Its previous logo shows a book design from the current one that was optimized.
Abeka's video program (Abeka Academy) and the Traditional Parent-Directed program are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and by the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
Abeka has been criticized by organizations such as the University of California
and National Center for Science Education
for selling works that contradict the scientific consensus regarding the origins of the universe
, origins of life
, and evolution
. Abeka takes Biblical literalist
and young Earth creationist
positions in its science curriculum, teaching the Genesis creation narrative
as a literal and factual account confirmed by "science", a view that has led to its rejection for use in at least one state's educational system. In ''Association of Christian Schools International v. Roman Stearns
'', a judge upheld the University of California
's rejection of Abeka publications for preparatory use, because the books are "inconsistent with the viewpoints and knowledge generally accepted in the scientific community
Aside from concerns regarding beliefs, experts from University of Central Florida
, and the University of Florida
have criticized the content of Abeka textbooks as being markedly more simple than the content of comparable textbooks generally presented in public schools.
Tax status ruling
Between 1988 and 1996, A Beka Book held tax exempt
status, because its profits were channeled into PCC as a tax-exempt religious organization or educational institution. In January 1995, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
ruled that the college's publishing arm was liable for taxes as a profit-making entity. The IRS further ruled that the profits of the publishing arm benefited the organization as a whole, because both A Beka Book and PCC were run under the same organization and that all of the profits of A Beka Book went directly to PCC, constituting 60% of the college's income.
The effect of this ruling rendered the publishing company ineligible for future tax exempt status.
Although PCC was ultimately cleared of any liability for back taxes, PCC paid the estimated $44.5 million, and A Beka Book paid another $3.5 million.
Category:Christian publishing companies
Category:Companies based in Pensacola, Florida