Mexican immigrants paid $450 to $1,450 for diplomas from a school that taught them the “original 50 states” have been expanded to 53 states, with the addition of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The LA Times reports on California Alternative High School in Huntington Park, which was raided Thursday.
A chain of alternative high schools accused of selling phony diplomas has taught thousands of immigrants that there are 53 states in the union, four branches of government and two houses in Congress — one for Republicans and one for Democrats.
Students were given worthless diplomas after 30 hours of classes. Most instruction was in Spanish.
According to court papers filed by the California attorney general’s office, the California Alternative High School’s 54-page bilingual workbook contains the following statements:
• There are four branches of government. They are the legislative, judicial, executive and “administrative” branches. Asked about the fourth branch by investigators, one teacher responded that “not much is heard about it because it works behind the scenes.” The Treasury Department is part of the “administrative” branch.
The workbook also advises students that World War II occurred from 1938 to 1942 and tells them to “read the book ‘Death of a Traveling Salesman’ and write a commentary.”
The school claims to have 77 locations nationwide, and 1,500 students “graduating” every 10 weeks. That’s a lot of suckers. I think those Internet diplomas are cheaper, and don’t require “learning” bogus information.