Mayor Sam has learned of more accusations of financial malfeasance at Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School and its defunct Xocolatl Coffee Shop.
According to our source, it is alleged that Academia Semillas del Pueblo School Officials require all parents of Academia students to purchase a gift card for the noted coffee shop.
As reported here earlier
, Xocolatl was conceived as a revenue-generating entity to support educational programs at the Charter School.
Yet, as noted via the Los Angeles County Health Department website and via discussions with health department officials, Mayor Sam learned that Xocolatl never had a health department license to operate its business. Further, once the coffee shop was close, the school used the location to prep student meals, again without proper health department permits. Mayor Sam is in the process of filing a California Public Records Act request with the Health Department for documentation regarding the licensing, or lack of. regarding Xocolatl.
Meanwhile, for those parents who were allegedly force to buy the gift cards, one parent who supplied this balance posted above, is demanding a refund on the balance since the coffee shop is close for business (... and never should of been open in the first place according to a Health Department officials). But the allegation that Academia forced parents to purchase gift card for a coffee shop (that did not have a permit to operated), raises more ethical questions about the lawful operations at the controversial charter school. Policies governing the operations of charter schools, prohibit any form of "tuition" being charged as a condition of enrollment, whether it is in the form of set hours of non-paid work (by parents) or direct payment.
Your thoughts and responses from school officials are welcome.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
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