Put the energy from the Day of Reason to good use on May
17, as Chuck Samuelson, Executive Director of ALCU MN drops by the
Ridgedale Library at 2 p.m. for a presentation on ACLU MN's current
lawsuit against a charter school in Apple Valley known as TiZA. Those
who are not familiar with the case will learn about how this charter
school has violated the separation of church and state and what steps
the ALCU MN takes leading up to a lawsuit to attempt to resolve
issues without litigation.
TiZA is accused of violating the separation of
church and state on several issues. The school has a prayer posted at
the entrance, girls are prohibited from wearing short sleeves, and
school buses don't leave until the hour after school ends, which is
when religious studies classes are held, which most students are
This case is important for several reasons. There
are clear concerns at the school, with regard to the endorsement of a
particular religion. However, when the Minnesota Department of
Education investigated claims, they did not see any violations, but
urged the school to better separate religious expression from the
school day. What this means is that the rules for Charter Schools in
Minnesota need to be written more clearly to protect the separation
of church and state so litigation becomes unnecessary. Other
religious groups are also watching the outcome of this lawsuit to see
how the court will rule. If ACLU MN is not successful, this could
mean that your tax dollars could be used to fund other schools with
shared religious service facilities, daily worship, and after school
religious studies classes.
After the meeting, we will be
gathering for an early dinner to discuss the meeting further.
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