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ACLU releases hundreds of documents in case against now-shuttered charter school

The ACLU says the documents back up its claims that TiZA illegally funneled taxpayer money to its religious landlords and promoted Islam in the curriculum. The group also says it's looking into at least a dozen other charter schools with religious affiliations in Minnesota to see whether they might be blurring the lines between church and state.
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The ACLU has released hundreds of documents in its case against a now-shuttered charter school.

The group says the documents back up its claims that TiZA illegally funneled money to its religious landlords and promoted Islam in its curriculum.

The documents also allege the school was marketed to Muslim families as a school that would follow Islamic Law.

An attorney for TiZA tells Minnesota Public Radio that the ACLU is cherry-picking documents to spin the case and taint any potential jury should the case go to trial.

The ACLU is also investigating at least a dozen other charter schools with religious affiliations in Minnesota to see whether they are blurring the lines between church and state, according to executive director Chuck Samuelson.

Samuelson tells the Pioneer Press that TiZA has received nearly $20 million from the state and federal government. The group claims the school then funneled some of that money to its religious landlords.

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