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Va. county extends lease to Saudi Academy
by Matthew Barakat
FAIRFAX, Va. - Fairfax County supervisors voted Monday to continue leasing property to a private Islamic school funded by the Saudi government that its critics have accused of fostering intolerance.
The Islamic Saudi Academy leases its flagship campus in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County for about $2.2 million a year.
The unanimous vote by the county's Board of Supervisors extends the lease by one year, through June 2009.
The county has leased the land to ISA since 1989, but the lease faced increased scrutiny this year following the recommendation of a federal commission that the academy be shut down.
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