Horseshoeing School Draws State Scrutiny Over Educational Requirements


CLAIMS AROUND ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. THEY ARE SAYING USING A DIFFERENT WORLD WITH “U” AND “I”. IF I TAKE A STUDENT WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA THEY CAN SHUT ME DOWN. THIS SCHOOL OWNER IS FIGHTING THE STATE TO STAY IN BUSINESS. ONLY CBS 13, WE REPORT WHY THEY BELIEVE CALIFORNIA IS VIOLATING THIS MAN’S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO TEACH MY HATED COLLEGE. I LOVE THIS AND I DO WELL AT IT. [ LAUGHTER ] STUDENTS AT THE HORSESHOEING SCHOOL ARE POUNDING AWAY AT THEIR EDUCATION. HOPING FOR A LITTLE LUCK TO LAND A LUCRATIVE JOB AS A PROFESSIONAL HORSESHOER. YOU CAN WORK PART TIME, FULL TIME, ONE DAY A WEEK. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO WORK. Reporter: BUT STATE INSPECTORS NOTIFIED THIS OWNER, BOB SMITH, HIS SCHOOL FACES FINES AND CLOSURE BECAUSE HE WAS VIOLATING A STATE LAW THAT REGULATES POST SECONDARY EDUCATION. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO A TRADE OR VOCATIONAL SCHOOL YOU HAVE TO HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, GED OR A ABILITY TEST. I WAS SO OUTRAGED AT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DECIDES WHICH KID IS A WINNER OR LOSER. Reporter: EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARE A BARRIER FOR MANY OF HIS STUDENTS. LEARNING DISABILITIES, INCARCERATION, ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT OCCURRED IN THEIR WRUNGER LIFE WHERE THEY DID NOT GET A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND THE STATE IS SAYING YOU CAN NOT INVEST IN YOURSELF. IT IS AN 8 WEEK PROGRAM AND IT IS A LOT OF EFFORT BUT I AM TOLD JUST ABOUT ANYONE CAN DO IT. Reporter: LAWYERS NOW FILED SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT TO INVALIDATE THE LAW SAYING TRADE SCHOOLS HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TEACH. THEY HAVE ALMOST 400,000 KIDS A YEAR THAT DO NOT GET HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS IN CALIFORNIA. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE KIDS. Reporter: THE LAW IS DESIGNED TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS SUCCEED. THOSE THAT DO NOT HAVE BASIC SKILLS HAVE GREATER CHANCE OF DROPPING OUT, DEFAULTING ON STUDENT LOANS, BUT THE RULES DO NOT MAKE SENSE HERE. WE TEACH THEM HOW TO HAND MAKE SHOES, THIS IS BLACK SMITH WORK. HIS SCHOOL IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN CALIFORNIA. HAMMERING OUT AN EDUCATION THAT LASTS A LIFETIME. IF SOMEONE REALLY WANTS TO DO THIS, THEY WILL SUCCEED.

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