Former TiZA Executive Director Asad Zaman withdrew a claim worth $356,406.01 against the school's bankruptcy estate this week. Zaman co-founded Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, which in 2009 became perhaps the most controversial charter school in America when the ACLU of Minnesota filed a lawsuit against t ... More >>
The ACLU reached a settlement agreement last week with Asad Zaman, the former executive director of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. Terms of the agreement, which was recorded in federal court last Thursday, have not been publicly disclosed. Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU, declined to com ... More >>
The bankruptcy trustee for TiZA has pulled a contract worth an estimated $35,000 from a local education firm for failing to disclose a conflict of interest. TiZA trustee John Hedback discovered last fall that the state of Minnesota might owe the bankruptcy estate over a million dollars. To reclaim ... More >>
TiZA bankruptcy trustee John Hedback announced Friday that he had reached a settlement agreement with the ACLU of Minnesota over attorney's fees and costs. In exchange for the ACLU dismissing its federal lawsuit against Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, Hedback will pay the ACLU $1,400,000. Attorneys for ... More >>
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
This week's feature chronicles the troubled history of TiZA, the controversial charter school blasted by conservative critics as the "Minnesota madrassa." TiZA began humbly, serving poor Somali immigrants in Inver Grove Heights. It grew into a media darling, and Congressman Keith Ellison enrolled h ... More >>
The Minnesota GOP has called for a House Ethics Committee investigation into the funding of his trip after the Star Tribune reported on some potential violations with taxpayer dollars.
The Strib's Kersten takes issue with church vs. state—but only when it involves Islam