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Charter School Teaching Islam? Why does the MN Board of Education see nothing Wrong?

The ACLU names Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, or TiZA, and the Minnesota Department of Education in a lawsuit in federal court that says the charter school is using taxpayer money to illegally promote religion.
The charter school, which has campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine, has fallen under fire after a substitute teacher claimed the school was offering religious instruction in Islam to its students.
After their investigation, the Education Department said the school hadn't broken any laws.
"We will continue to monitor the operations of TiZA Academy and, in response to issues raised about the school over the past year, we are in the process of drafting legislation to address these concerns," wrote Deputy Commissioner Chas Anderson.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:31 AM on Jan. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • The suit also alleges that there are prayers on the walls of the school entry and that teachers have participated in student prayer activities, which is forbidden in public schools. Samuelson said the school has used its website to seek volunteers to lead prayers. He also said that students and staff are required to dress in attire that conforms to Islamic religion.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:34 AM on Jan. 30, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:34 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Isn't this a Double Standard?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 AM on Jan. 30, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:38 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • LOVE me the Wiki....

    A review by the Washington advocacy group, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, found that among the more than 4,600 charters nationwide, 113 have mission statements specifying such ethnic cultural themes. These include the Ben Gamla Charter School, the country’s first Hebrew language charter school, which opened in Hollywood, Florida, in 2007, the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, where by grade six all subjects except English language arts will be taught in Chinese, [1] and the Hellenic Classical Charter School in Brooklyn, New York.[2]


    Answer by Wimsey at 10:41 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • So why can this charter school have prayer and engage in promoting prayer but public schools cannot? Charter schools are under the same umbrella as Public as they receive Federal Money?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Anon 10:38, private Christian schools can have prayer and teach religion b/c they do not receive federal funds to run their school. MN is a very liberal state so I am not surprised at anything they do. MN is prob. the only state in the union that allows you to move to the state one day and begin receiving welfare, food stamps, etc. the next. Great place to live if you want quick government assistance.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 10:45 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Yes this is a double standard. . .

    I guess Islam is a "culture" but Christianity is a "religeon". Funny. They are based on the same God, but differ in Jesus and worship. . .

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:57 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Charter Schools DO receive Federal Funds. So, I think if this found to be an accurate observation they should lose Federal Money.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:00 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

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