The Minnesota Education Department did not racially discriminate against an Inver Grove Heights charter school by investigating its test scores and teacher licenses and by conducting audits, the U.S. Education Department has determined.

The federal department's Office for Civil Rights investigated the state agency's conduct after the president of the St. Paul NAACP alleged that students at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy were being discriminated against based on their African-American race or Somali nationality, the complaint stated.

Tarek ibn Ziyad, known as TiZA, is being sued in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, which is alleging the school is blurring the line between religion and public education by promoting Islam.

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