An embattled charter school will be fined nearly $140,000 for employing teachers who did not have proper licenses, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Eight teachers at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) were out of compliance with state licensing laws, Education Commissioner Alice Seagren said in a ruling issued today. Her decision upheld an earlier one by her department to penalize the school, but it substantially reduced both the fine and the number of teachers found to have been lacking appropriate licenses.

The school will begin losing state aid in December for the violations, the ruling said.

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