For Immediate release: Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Contact: Eric Tabor: 515-281-5191
Iowa Court Orders
California Alternative High School
to Cease Iowa Operations
DES MOINES. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that "California Alternative High School" has been
temporarily enjoined from recruiting students or conducting classes in Iowa. Miller said that Polk County District Court
Chief Judge Arthur E. Gamble has issued an order granting Miller's request that the Court enforce the Consumer
Protection Division's subpoena to "California Alternative High School," and its "Principal," Daniel A.D. Gossai.
State Consumer Protection Division said in its application for the order
that "California Alternative High School" and Gossai failed to comply
with the subpoena. The subpoena seeks information to determine if the
private corporation engaged in deception by representing that completion
of its program would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED general
equivalency degree -- and would qualify consumers for acceptance at colleges
and universities. The program reportedly cost about $600 for ten weeks
of classes, three hours per week.
The action asked the Court to prohibit "California Alternative High School" and Gossai from any further advertising or
sales in Iowa because they failed to comply with the subpoena. The subpoena seeks names of those who paid for classes,
and other information. The order issued by the court enjoins "California Alternative High School" and Gossai from
operating the program in Iowa until they comply with the subpoena.
"California Alternative High School" is a California corporation that has been
active in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas. The Consumer Protection
Division told the Court it appeared that the company tended to target
lower-income Latino and immigrant populations with representations of
college admission upon completion.
The filing said it appeared that the company's representations "were deceptive,
due to the fact that it appeared that few if any colleges or universities
would admit students based upon graduation" from "California Alternative
High School's" unaccredited educational program.
The Nebraska Attorney General sued Gossai and the business, and Douglas County District Court Judge J. Patrick Mullen
issued a temporary injunction in January prohibiting "California Alternative High School" from offering high school
diplomas in Nebraska.
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