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scUM runs a High School?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by VprHis, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!


    SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- California has joined other states in acting against a private school that claimed to award high school diplomas while teaching its immigrant students a curriculum riddled with errors, including the wrong years for World War II and the wrong number of states.

    The California Alternative High School in Los Angeles targeted Hispanic immigrants, charging $450 to $1,450 for a 10-week course it said would lead to a valid diploma and help them get into college, find better jobs and get financial aid, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said last week.

    But the school's certificate isn't recognized as a high school diploma, Lockyer said, and school officials ignored a previous court order that banned them from telling consumers it was.

    Lockyer said the curriculum consisted of a slim workbook riddled with errors, including:

    <LI>The United States has 53 states but the "flag has not yet been updated to reflect the addition of the last three states" -- Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.

    <LI>World War II began in 1938 and ended in 1942.

    <LI>There are two houses of Congress -- the Senate and the House, and "one is for Democrats and the other is for the Republicans, respectively."

    The school's chief executive officer, Daniel Gossai, claimed to have a teaching credential and two doctorates, but prosecutors said they found no evidence that he does. He was a teacher at Victor Valley Community College in the late 1970s, but was fired for immoral conduct, dishonesty and being unfit for service, Lockyer said.

    The organization claimed to graduate 1,500 students every 10 weeks from 78 schools across the country.

    Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is investigating six complaints received since May, said spokesman Staci Schneider. "All of them focus on misrepresenting the terms of a contract, or the school's courses," she said.

    Judges in Nebraska and Iowa ordered the school this year to stop enrolling students.

    A consumer protection lawsuit filed by Lockyer last week seeks full restitution for students who paid for the course, civil penalties of $32 million and a permanent injunction against school chief executive officer Daniel Gossai and other school officials.

    There was no comment from the school or Gossai. Messages left at school offices in Lomita, Los Angeles and Huntington Park last week were not returned, and Gossai's attorney, Scott Furstman, also didn't return a call.
  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Uh, no, scUM doesn't run it...some dumbass in California does.
  3. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!

    maybe I didn't connect points A and B well enough that anyone outside my warped little mind would get there...

    Read the bullet points... Doesn't that sound like something your Avg. scUM grad (or Prof) might believe... and pass on to their students?

    Nevermind. I was amused, anyway.
  4. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    I think it was an attempt at humor Mili ... I hope.
  5. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I had a high school teacher who firmly believed WWII took place in the 60's. She also believed the water heater in your basement was just a giant filter and you only reused water. No new water ever came in. She taught because she was a good coach. What a shocker.
  6. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    Acid flashbacks are a bitch.....
  7. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    See, I was taught the it was actually the "War of the Worlds" which took place in the 60's. Of course, I went to a private, christian high school, so my edjumacation isn't all it could have been. :biggrin:

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