Last year a Minnesota federal district court held that the ACLU has taxpayer standing to bring an Establishment Clause challenge to state funding of a charter school-- the Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy. The suit claims that the school advances the Muslim religion and fosters entanglement between government and religion. (See prior posting.) Now in ACLU of Minnesota v. Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104961 (D MN, Oct. 1, 2010), the district court has upheld a federal magistrate's grant of a protective order to prevent enforcement by TiZA of non-disclosure/ confidentiality provisions in its employee handbook against current and former employees in connection with disclosures the employees may make to the ACLU. The ACLU is attempting to interview employees as part of its informal discovery process, and at least one has expressed concern that talking will subject him to a civil suit by TiZA. The court concluded that these confidentiality agreements may well be contrary to public policy when invoked by a public employer such as a charter school.