Thursday, January 22, 2009

ACLU Sues Minnesota Identity Charter School

ACLU of Minnesota announced yesterday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a publicly-funded cultural identity charter school operating in the Twin Cities area. The complaint in ACLU of Minnesota v. Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy, (D MN, filed 1/21/2009) alleges that the funding and operation of TIZA violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution and of the Minnesota Constitution (Art. 1, Sec. 16), the Minnesota Constitution's ban on aid to sectarian schools (Art. XIII, Sec. 2), as well as the Minnesota statute governing charter schools (Minnesota Statutes §124D.10). The suit claims that school policies promote Islam and that the school has improperly leased land from sectarian organizations. Yesterday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on the case. (See prior related posting.)