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Here are 20 questions sent in several e-mails by Katherine Kersten to Asad Zaman, executive director of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy in Inver Grove Heights. Following each question is his answer.

1. You have stated that the Minnesota Department of Education "inspects TIZA regularly" to "ensure ... that we are not a religious school." In addition, a March 2007 article in Minnesota Monthly includes the following paragraph:

"Zaman takes pains to point out that his school ... is not a religious institution. That has been confirmed many times, he says -- state education officials inspected the academy 11 times during its first year. 'They really wanted to make sure,' Zaman says, smiling."

Please list dates of inspections that focused on ensuring that TIZA is not a religious school.

In what form were findings regarding these inspections documented to you? Please identify and quote all such findings.

Please list the dates of the inspections referred to in the Minnesota Monthly article.


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