Iowa’s consumer advocate has clamped down on a school. The attorney general’s office asked a Polk County judge to stop the “California Alternative High School” from recruiting students or holding classes in Iowa. Promoters allegedly told students their 600-dollar ten-week classes would be just the same as a high-school diploma or G-E-D. But people who completed the classes quickly found colleges didn’t buy that. The subpoena by Iowa’s consumer protection division is seeking information on claims by the storefront schools in Omaha and Council Bluffs, and asking for the names of those who paid for classes. The division told the court it looks like operators targeted lower-income Latino and immigrant populations. In January the Nebraska Attorney General sued and a judge barred the “California Alternative High School” from offering high-school diplomas in Nebraska.
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