p>Substitute teacher to the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy has reported that the Charter school, funded by Tax payer money, has been teaching religion:
A Star Tribune newspaper column has prompted a state investigation into a charter school. A substitute teacher said a school in Inver Grove Heights is blurring the line of separation of church and state.
Being a charter school Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, or TIZA, is supported by tax dollars. The teacher told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the presence of religion she observed at the school took her by surprise.
TIZA Executive Director Azad Zaman insisted the school follows with state and federal laws.
What did the teacher observe?
The questions came after substitute teacher Amanda Getz taught at TIZA last month and told the Star Tribune about things she observed that day that shocked her.
“I’ve been in a lot of schools and I’ve never been in a school where they had washing rituals, or they had prayer, or where they had a room where you had to take your shoes off,” Getz said.
Where’s the flag?
State law requires the school to fly an American flag during school hours, however no flag flies outside of TIZA Academy.
Zaman told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he didn’t know how to work the flagpole.
No one really believes that excuse, do they? Obviously, this school is a front, the sponsors of this school and where the school is housed really validate the complaints of this teacher. The question is what will the Board of Education do about it?
-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx