Published On: Thu, Jun 24th, 2021
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Charter School Faces Violations for Exaggerating Attendance, Charging Families

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A Costa Mesa, Calif. charter school is under fire from the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) for allegedly collecting funds from students, exaggerating its daily attendance rate, and utilizing a building without the proper permits. The International School for Science and Culture (ISSAC) was established in 2019 and has since collected funds from students in the form of child care fees. Its teacher aids supervised children for $30 each per day. However, the child care was offered during school hours, and it is against the law for parents to pay for their children to receive instruction at a charter or public school. “ISSAC never knowingly or intentionally charged a student for receiving instruction,” ISSAC Chair Sally Chou said in a statement read by board member Thu Nguyen during a June 16 Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) meeting. “We know this is clearly prohibited by the law.” ISSAC has paused all child care billing as of April 1, and said it intends to refund parents for all child care costs. …

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