A Minnesota charter school that has been a magnet for Muslim students -- and controversy -- appears to be on the brink of closure after a judge's decision and a state ruling that left it unable to comply with a new state law.

Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), which serves 540 students at its campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine, has been embroiled for several years in a high-profile lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota over claims that the public school has promoted religion.

But the blow that could prove fatal to the school is the loss of its authorizer, a nonprofit that provides legally required oversight. A new law that takes effect on Friday forbids out-of-state authorizers, which disqualifies TiZA's.

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