LA Unveils $578M School, Costliest in Nation

Inquiring minds are attempting to figure out how much more students will learn in their new school, reportedly with a price tag of $578 million. With a capacity of 4,200 pupils, that’s a cost of OVER $137,000 per student?

With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation’s most expensive public school ever.

The K-12 complex to house 4,200 students has raised eyebrows across the country as the creme de la creme of “Taj Mahal” schools, $100 million-plus campuses boasting both architectural panache and deluxe amenities.

“There’s no more of the old, windowless cinderblock schools of the ’70s where kids felt, ‘Oh, back to jail,'” said Joe Agron, editor-in-chief of American School & University, a school construction journal. “Districts want a showpiece for the community, a really impressive environment for learning.”

Just think how much the SAT’s will jump because of the new school! All the students will surely make it to college graduation, right?

“New buildings are nice, but when they’re run by the same people who’ve given us a 50 percent dropout rate, they’re a big waste of taxpayer money,” said Ben Austin, executive director of Parent Revolution who sits on the California Board of Education. “Parents aren’t fooled.”

At RFK, the features include fine art murals and a marble memorial depicting the complex’s namesake, a manicured public park, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and preservation of pieces of the original hotel.

Partly by circumstance and partly by design, the Los Angeles Unified School District has emerged as the mogul of Taj Mahals.

The RFK complex follows on the heels of two other LA schools among the nation’s costliest — the $377 million Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, which opened in 2008, and the $232 million Visual and Performing Arts High School that debuted in 2009.

For those keeping score…that’s just shy of $1.2 trillion for three (3) high schools. That’s $1,187,000,000,000.00 to service about 10,000 students???

And all of this while teachers are being laid off:

The pricey schools have come during a sensitive period for the nation’s second-largest school system: Nearly 3,000 teachers have been laid off over the past two years, the academic year and programs have been slashed. The district also faces a $640 million shortfall and some schools persistently rank among the nation’s lowest performing.

Don’t forget that this is also a time where the US Government, The State of California, The County of Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District are all running HUGE deficits!

Just remember all of those economist telling us that we never have to pay off these debts. Just keep reciting it over and over again like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

Reading the entire article gives one the feeling of being named Alice and walking in a place named “Wonderland”. Come to think of it, LA is now known for medical marijuana and hookah shops. Combine these with Hollywood and maybe…


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