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ACLU claims publicly funded Minnesota school is promoting Islam, files suit
by Randy Furst and Sarah Lemagie
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit Wednesday against a publicly funded charter school, alleging that it is promoting the Muslim religion.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, known as TIZA, and the Minnesota Department of Education, which the ACLU says is at fault for failing to uncover and stop the alleged transgressions. The suit names the department and Alice Seagren, the state education commissioner, as co-defendants.
The department investigated the Twin Cities school last year, and the school said it had taken corrective actions in response to concerns about the practicing of religion on campus. TIZA said in a written statement on Wednesday that the school is nonsectarian and in compliance with federal and state regulations.
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