Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Court Rejects Interlocutory Appeal In Minnesota Charter School Case

In ACLU of Minnesota v. Tarek Ibn Ziyad Acadamy, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88425 (D MN. Sept. 24, 2009), a Minnesota federal district court denied a motion by the sponsor of a controversial charter school to certify an interlocutory appeal of a decision handed down by the court in July. In that decision (see prior posting) the court held that the ACLU had taxpayer standing to bring an Establishment Clause challenge to funding of the school by the state and that plaintiff had sufficiently pleaded the elements of a "state action" by the sponsor, Islamic Relief. The ACLU charges that the charter school promotes Islam. In denying the motion, the court concluded that there is no substantial ground for difference of opinion on the issue of taxpayer standing and that questions as to state action are primarily factual ones that do raise appropriate issues for appeal.