Charter school countersues over ACLU religion claims
Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy claims the ACLU, in suing the school for allegedly promoting religion, defamed the school.
by Sarah Lemagie
July 29, 2009
Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) says the ACLU, which sued the academy in January, defamed the school and hurt its ability to hire qualified teachers, according to counterclaims filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
In its suit, the ACLU alleged that the public school promotes the Muslim religion, violating the Constitution's First Amendment.
The K-8 school has denied the allegations and said in court documents that Charles Samuelson, executive director of the Minnesota ACLU, injured the school's reputation by saying publicly that TiZA is "a theocratic school ... as plain as the substantial nose on my face."
"We're surprised by these counterclaims," ACLU legal counsel Teresa Nelson said Tuesday. Nelson declined to comment further, saying the ACLU needed a chance to analyze the court documents.
$100,000 in damages sought
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