The State of California continues to lose its way and is living in a fool’s paradise on ways it is spending its money. The latest fiasco involves a new school which had been built in Los Angeles at a cost of $585 million to house 4,200 students. Some are calling the new school a ‘Taj Mahal’ because of its outrageous price and the luxurious interior. In one article it also stated that the new building cost $130,000 for each student seat. In the article it also states that:
“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.
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.
Now we know why that the California educational system ranks in 49th place out of 50. These people are short of cash so they build a huge school instead of getting better teachers that would improve education. How many building do you know that will actually improve students’ test scores?