LA unveils $578M school, costliest in the nation
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.
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.
And just how is that conducive to students’ learning?
Did anyone bother ask?
Matt Welch: Well, at Least They Destroyed Thousands of Affordable Houses While Building All Those Expensive Schools!
the story here is even worse than the fact that “construction costs at LA Unified are the second-highest in the nation,” even while the system continues to produce craptacular education results. All of these things are terrible, perhaps even criminal, but here’s something as infuriating as it is almost totally undercovered in the media: The LAUSD, during this the biggest public works project west of The Big Dig, has bulldozed literally thousands of homes and businesses that stood in its way. They have been razing entire neighborhoods in order to educate them, even as enrollment numbers in the public school system have been falling through the floor.
For those willing to wade into some dodgy html code, I have written about this extensively in the past.
Forget it, Matt, it’s “for the children.”