ACLU suing charter school that caters to Muslims
TIZA said in a written statement on Wednesday that the school is nonsectarian and in compliance with federal and state regulations.
But the ACLU claims the school is using federal and state money to promote religion in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
"TIZA has received millions of dollars of taxpayer money to support what is, in essence, a private religious school," said Charles Samuelson, state ACLU executive director.
Minnesota law requires that charter schools be non-sectarian in their programs and policies. It allows charter schools to lease from religious organizations, but only if other suitable space is not available, the space rented was built as a school and the state approves of the lease.According to the lawsuit (PDF), the school has prayers on the walls and teachers participate in student prayer. The school has also allegedly used their Web site to find others to lead prayer and requires students to dress to conform to the Islamic religion.