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Inver Grove Heights charter school changing student prayer time
by Sarah Lemagie
An Inver Grove Heights charter school that came under investigation by the state Department of Education in the spring over allegations that it illegally promoted the Muslim faith will make changes this fall in the way it accommodates student prayer.
Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) will reduce the length of voluntary Friday prayers and have staff members who wish to pray do so in a room separate from students, according to a letter school director Asad Zaman sent to the Minnesota Department of Education. The school, responding to the state investigation, has maintained that it has been in compliance with state and federal laws.
In a letter to TIZA on Friday, the department said the planned change may satisfy the laws, specifying that adults -- including parents or other community members -- should have no role in leading student prayers.
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