View Full Version : The School for Idiots

El Chuxter
08-11-2004, 05:41 PM
Check this out -- California and other states are cracking down on this fake school. This is pretty funny when you don't take into account how incredibly sad it is.

School's lessons full of errors
Private school said to teach there are 53 states
Monday, August 9, 2004 Posted: 12:21 PM EDT (1621 GMT)
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:
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.
World War II began in 1938 and ended in 1942.
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.

The scans of the actual workbook ( http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0809041cahs1.html) are pretty ridiculous.

And I can't help but wonder what the other two unaccounted-for states are. :D

08-11-2004, 08:51 PM
The thing I find most loathesome about this so-called "school" is that they are preying on the weak, those immigrants who don't yet know that they are being mislead for financial gain. It's a travesty, these poor people go to get an education to make better Americans of themselves and wind up getting ripped off for it, this sort of thing should be dealt with harshly to the fullest extent of the law to send a message to those who would exploit the weak like this. It gives our whole country a bad name to allow scum like this to get away with such an ugly and foul misdeed.

Exhaust Port
08-11-2004, 09:47 PM
It sounds like a school run by a bunch of "D" students. :)

kool-aid killer
08-12-2004, 02:51 PM
This was in the news awhile ago here in Omaha. Its sad to hear that these people have been robbed while striving to improve themselves. Hopefully those that have fallen victim to it dont give up and find a better and legit alternative to reach their goals.

El Chuxter
08-12-2004, 03:08 PM
I agree, it is quite sad, and quite the nasty scam. But at the same time, some of the "facts" are so ridiculous that I can't help but laugh.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
08-13-2004, 12:59 PM
And I can't help but wonder what the other two unaccounted-for states are.

We can only assume that Canada was one of them. :D