Islamic school in Amsterdam fights loss of government funding

In an unusual move, Dutch Deputy Education Minister Sharon Dijksma (Labor) has withdrawn 225,000 in national subsidies previously going to the Islamic As-Siddieq school in Amsterdam: Dijksma felt compelled to cut off national subsidies to the school after the Dutch Education Inspectorate issued an alarming report on the state of affairs in the school. The report says the education provided by the primary school is not up-to-standard, and argues the school board of the As-Siddieq school has failed to meet agreements on citizenship and social integration. The school board of the school is refusing to step down, even as local Education Councillor Lodewijk Asscher has demanded the resignation of its members.