St. Paul, Minn – Public School is a Madrasah

This is a PUBLIC School.

Why is Spanish being TAUGHT to Mexican children.  They should be learning English.

Our TAXES are being used to promote this.  I am against this.

If the parents want their children to learn Arabic then teach them in private.

Same thing goes for Spanish.

I don’t know Spanish and if I wanted to teach my kid, then I would need to send her to a PRIVATE school.

This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  Taxes being used for schools is yet another argument that can be made as unconstitutional.  Their are other ways to create a better Education system.  HAVE PARENTS be the customers.  Get business to take part also.  Get the REAL ESTATE out of it.  That ONLY creates ghettos.

This is an argument for the SECOND AMENDMENT.  The government shall not CREATE or ESTABLISH a religion.

Not to mention the fact that Islam is NOT ONLY a Religion.  It’s a THEOCRACY in totality.  Shariah is a LAW.  Muslims follow that law NO matter where geographically they are.  The law of the land is not superseded by it.  This is CREATING A NATION WITH IN A NATION.

The people promoting this in our government should be fired and investigated under Sedition or Treason charges.

This is the same as creating Nazi camps in occupied Poland after the second world war.  WWII vets are dying and have little voice.  They see this and shout, but there is no one to hear them.  These CHILDREN are being used as POLITICAL weapons. These schools are the political army and they are training very young.  The propaganda that they will  learn will not be unlearned and there are very few that will be able to see the light from within Plato’s cave.


Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy

Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy


Katherine Kersten: TiZA vs. the search for truth:

The school — public, mind you — tries to intimidate all who would challenge it.


Last update: October 16, 2010 – 5:45 PM


Kindergarten students study Arabic at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. (MPR Photo/Laura McCallum)

Kindergarten students study Arabic at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. (MPR Photo/Laura McCallum)


The battle over the role of Islam in a Minnesota public school is heating up again in a federal courtroom in St. Paul. The conflict began in January 2009, when the ACLU of Minnesota sued Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy — a K-8 charter school with campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine — for violating constitutional prohibitions against government endorsement of religion.

TiZA since has fought tooth and nail — erecting procedural barriers to prevent the ACLU from investigating what goes on behind its doors. The school’s tactics have gone far beyond the usual rough-and-tumble of lawyers in our adversary system. Its chief tool has been attempted intimidation of all who would draw back the curtain on its secrets.

One of TiZA’s first targets was the ACLU itself. A few months after the suit began, the school filed a $100,000-plus defamation claim, citing ACLU executive director Chuck Samuelson’s simple statement that “[TiZA is] a theocratic school … as plain as the substantial nose on my face.” The court dismissed the claim.

In January 2010, the ACLU was back in court to seek a protective order, on grounds that intimidation by TiZA was discouraging potential witnesses from appearing. The ACLU filed affidavits by a former TiZA parent and a former TiZA staff member, who described what they interpreted as threats of violence against them. In her affidavit, the female staff member said that Asad Zaman — TiZA’s executive director — had suggested after she displeased him: “We could just kill you, yeah tell your husband we’ll do his job for him.” (Zaman has no recollection of making such a statement, he said in an affidavit.) The court barred witness harassment or intimidation by either party.


An Arabic class at the school - this is yet another reason to keep specific languages out of PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  If not, then I demand that Russian, German and Hebrew be taught also.

An Arabic class at the school - this is yet another reason to keep specific languages out of PUBLIC SCHOOLS. If not, then I demand that Russian, German and Hebrew be taught also.


In June 2010, the ACLU returned to court to quash what it described as yet another TiZA attempt to intimidate current and former employees from speaking about what they had seen at the public school. TiZA’s “Staff Handbooks include a secrecy clause, and related threat of legal action for violating it,” according to the ACLU’s court filings. TiZA “wields [these provisions] as a sledgehammer to keep former employees quiet about what they saw at the school.” As a result, “former TiZA employees have expressed fear about speaking to the ACLU.”

According to the ACLU, TiZA’s refusal to agree not to enforce the secrecy clause “sends the ominous signal that current and former employees who talk to the ACLU may be forced to defend themselves against a baseless, expensive lawsuit.”

On Oct. 1, Judge Donovan Frank agreed — affirming an order the ACLU had earlier won barring TiZA from enforcing the confidentiality clause in the context of this litigation.

The court’s order and memorandum spoke volumes: “It appears that information related to TiZA’s business, finances, operations and office procedures is public data and cannot be kept secret.” “The relevant question … is why TiZA, a public charter school, does not want to allow its former and current employees to participate in the informal discovery process to ascertain the truth about how TiZA operates.”

The court’s strong language in response to TiZA’s actions was unusual: “[I]ntimidation and threats will not sit well with a fact-finder such as a jury.” As a result of the school’s actions, “[T]he Court may be required to draw adverse inferences about how TiZA operates as a result of TiZA’s efforts to keep information about its operations secret. … [TiZA’s] behavior during the discovery process thus far … has not been consistent with a good faith search for the truth.”

The ACLU has characterized TiZA’s recent actions regarding the secrecy clause as “only the last in a long line of intimidation efforts.” Not quite. Last month, an attack was launched from a different front.

Several organizations that are not even parties to the lawsuit went to court in an attempt to disqualify the ACLU’s lawyers — Dorsey & Whitney — from representing the ACLU on grounds that Dorsey personnel had previously communicated with Zaman about entities involved in the litigation. The organizations include the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN), MAS-MN Property Holding Corporation and the Minnesota Education Trust (MET).

What might they fear? Perhaps that Dorsey lawyers are in a position to prove that the scandal thus far — and Zaman’s role in it — is just the tip of the iceberg. Dorsey lawyers had this to say in a Sept. 10 letter filed with the court:

“The ACLU believes Mr. Zaman’s testimony relating to control of virtually every significant event at TiZA, MAS-MN, MET and MET’s subsidiaries, coupled with his efforts to hide such control, constitute powerful evidence against TiZA’s denials that it is a Muslim school and that it funnels state and federal money to other Muslim organizations.”

Every time we read about this lawsuit, we have to pinch ourselves and say: We’re talking about a public, taxpayer-funded school.

Katherine Kersten is a Twin Cities writer and speaker. Reach her

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School accused of promoting Islam countersues ACLU:

by Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio,
Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio

July 29, 2009


First grader

First grader


The Tiza Academy released a statement of their own in response: “As this case enters into the next stage, we remain confident the court will continue to thoughtfully weigh the arguments and conclusively rule in favor of TiZA,” said Erick Kaardal, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy’s legal counsel.

The state education department said it will review the remaining claim it faces.

“The department expects that all charter schools comply with Minnesota law, including the provision that requires charter schools remain nonsectarian,” Deputy Commissioner Chas Anderson said. “We continue to closely monitor the operations of TiZA Academy.”


4 Responses to St. Paul, Minn – Public School is a Madrasah

  1. FedUpNArkansas says:

    I’m with you. I don’t care if it’s Spanish, Arabic or whatever. This is OUR money funding this school. Totally absurd. I remember when my oldest daughter was in 3rd grade. She was having some problems in math but would never bring home a math book. She kept telling me she couldn’t. I called her teacher and ask her why she couldn’t bring one home. Her teacher informed me that there were so many Hispanic students that had moved in that the school had to hire a lot more bi-lingual teachers and could not afford extra math books !!! I blew my top but it got me no where. This was back in 1993 !!!

  2. txlady706 says:

    I was a TOTAL ignoramus. Listen to this.
    I had a friend – 1/2 hispanic. They didn’t even speak spanish at home. She took her 4 year old to be enrolled in pre – K. The following year, when my daughter was 4, I went to enroll her to pre-k and was told that SHE didn’t qualify. I asked why? They said that she is not bi lingual. I said that she is most certainly bi lingual. I speak Russian at home and grandma speaks Russian at home and I have been teaching in Russian. The woman at the school said that they didn’t have a Russian program and that I would have to find a private school. I said, “well, what do they teach in the Spanish as a second language program then?” She said that they TEACH them Spanish. I said that that was something that they should accommodate to me, since I speak Russian. Where were their Russian teachers? I said that this is a public school and the idea that they were TEACHING SPANISH to children who had NO language yet, therefore, the children didn’t have a language barrier and that THEY were therefore ESTABLISHING one language over another and that language was not even English. I also said that this is disenfranchising me. I have to pay for a year of DAY CARE (I was a single mom), while these largely illegals, are not paying for school at all. I had to spend over 700/mo to send my daughter to a part time pre k. This was an additional rub. I was “working” and paying taxes, while they pay nothing for medical and go to the ER. They don’t pay for pre k. I do. They get college tuition, while my child will be forced the pay. I’m not sure that it’s worth being legal. Why not go to Mexico or Canada and sneak across and become an illegal, then go to school, at a reduced rate and take part in all the benefits that they do. WE HAVE A NATION WITHIN A NATION. The rogue population is so large that they are organizing to revolt.

  3. FedUpNArkansas says:

    That’s exactly what is going to happen !!!

  4. txlady706 says:

    It’s already happening.

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