Florida Islamic Voucher School Teacher Raped Two Students; Accepts McKay and Step Up for Students Scholarships

From Daily Mail:

Police are hunting the former head teacher of a private Islamic school accused of the sexual abuse and rape of two middle school female students.

Tariq Ahmad, 35, who worked at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy, Florida, has been charged with five first degree counts after the alleged abuse which left one student needing ‘substantial surgical repair’.

The girls were aged 14 and 15 when Ahmad allegedly forced them into sexual relationships, according to a lawsuit.

Their attorneys said Ahmed would use text messages, social media and even code on the chalk boards in the classroom to set up meetings with the girls.

They also claim the Academy officials knew of Ahmed’s illegal conduct for years and did nothing until now.

The school’s website indicates that it accepts taxpayer funded scholarships from Step Up For Students and also participates in the McKay scholarship program.

We accept the following Scholarships:

STEP UP FOR STUDENTS scholarships are privately funded through Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Funds. These scholarships are awarded to eligible Florida students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade from eligible low-income households to help them attend an eligible Florida private school or Florida public school of their choice.

Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program – If you live in Florida and have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program. For information in Miami-Dade call (305) 373-3521, and for information in Monroe call (305) 296-5557.

McKay Scholarship Program – Allows parents of students with disabilities to choose the best learning environment for their children. The parent of a Florida public school student who is dissatisfied with the student’s progress may request a McKay Scholarship to enroll in and attend a private school or choose another public school that better suits the student’s needs. Scholarships range from $5,500 to up to $22,000 a year, depending on the level of your child’s diagnosed disability, as indicated by the IEP. You may file your intent to participate in the McKay Scholarship program by logging on to the Florida School Choice website at www.floridaschoolchoice.org


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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