Days after agreeing to a $1.4 million settlement in Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy's bankruptcy case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota expects to recoup little of the millions it spent suing the now-defunct charter school.

Meanwhile, the ACLU continues to pursue a 2009 civil lawsuit against the school's leader, Asad Zaman, alleging taxpayer money was used to teach religion.

The ACLU agreed last week to a $1.4 million settlement for attorneys' fees in the bankruptcy case that grew out of an ongoing lawsuit claiming that the charter schools in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine taught Islam in the classroom. The charter school had high test scores and a waiting list before legal costs and other pressure forced it to close last summer.

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