California Near Bankruptcy But Can Afford $578 Million School … Bailing Out Idiocy


California Uber Alles … If they build it, they will get better grades?

More fiscal responsibility from liberals in California.

California is in financial despair, they are an economic nightmare, they are laying off teachers and some how they find a way to afford a $578 million school in Los Angeles? This state has the audacity to ask for a bail out? Didn’t Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats just ship off another $26 billion off to the teachers unions?

Taj Mahal Schools

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, the Visual and Performing Arts High School is seen in Los Angeles. Next month’s opening of the Robert F.Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation’s most expensive public school ever.…

Um, besides the ridiculous waste of tax payers money does any one else see an issue with naming a school after RFK, the building being the very place where he was assassinated? With the lack of wisdom the planners used in building this money pit in the first place, lets hope the food core is not names after Sirhan Sirhan as well. 

Next month’s opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968.

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.”

So the building makes the learning? Same students, same teachers, same educational system and same parental guidance and some how all is going to change. Wanna bet? Glad to see that the LA bureaucrats have their priorities in order. There is a reason why some states are in financial ruin, they earned it. Why should any one else have to bail these people out for their asinine choices? If we are forces to, then all responsible need to be fired! 

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.

Posted August 24, 2010 by
Education, We the People, WTF | 12 comments

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    12 Responses to “California Near Bankruptcy But Can Afford $578 Million School … Bailing Out Idiocy”

    1. Wolf on August 24th, 2010 1:31 pm

      I agree this school was way too much money…but it was paid for with bond money…..

    2. Brenda in Virginia on August 24th, 2010 1:35 pm

      They are simply following Obamanation’s lead. America is basically broke…but stimlus this and bailout that. Shouldn’t surprise a soul.

    3. Wolf on August 24th, 2010 1:47 pm

      that was approved by the people

    4. Wolf on August 24th, 2010 3:39 pm

      and does not come out of funds that would go to teachers wages, or the budget for that matter. So before you go blaming the “Liberals” you should do a little more research on how this project was funded and paid for.

    5. Its Me on August 24th, 2010 5:56 pm

      Too many people in that state smoking too much of that Medical Weed!!! That place is almost funny.

    6. Greg the Mongoose on August 24th, 2010 7:49 pm

      Roy Romer former superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006. Gave birth to this nightmare. In his defense the board rubber stamped this mess. These great leaders need to be arrested, and go to jail…

    7. Rick on August 24th, 2010 8:17 pm

      Wolf…bottom line!!! No kid needs a half billion dollar school. Invest in the kids…not the building. Foolish any way you look at it.

    8. Jesdamala on August 24th, 2010 8:51 pm

      I am not much of a front page poster. I have read this site for years. Dig and do some research. This wasn’t conceived, built or paid for overnight. It has been in progress in one form or another from about 2002. First Donald Trump had to be fought off for the site, many environmental and other issues had to be overcome, voters approved bond money, and the complex will be filled from students from all walks of life throughout LA, mostly lower income. There were many building obstacles and prices skyrocketed. Should the site have become another Walmart? Or should it have sat empty and decaying? I keep away from posting anything political on this board, as mostly I don’t agree with this site’s politics, but do appreciate so much of the other work that goes on here. I don’t know how to explain the history of this complex, but in no way does the final price relate to anything that is happening fiscally in Los Angeles, or California, today. I am with
      Wolf on this one. I only wish such a facility was available when my kids were in the LAUSD system. Should only the children of priviledge who bail for private education have the benefits of an inspiring educational environment?

    9. rightknight on August 25th, 2010 1:32 am

      Idiots with a credit card!

    10. RT on August 25th, 2010 9:14 am

      I supose that it is just a tad bit over the top. The bonds are paid by the tax payers, usually the property owners and a mill levy on the value of the property. Property values in the west have dropped about 25% and home sales are sluggish. People are loosing homes due to high unimployment. Home foreclosures cause property vlaues to drop. California’s economy is struggling and the state budget is a mess. Hello, does anybody see a problem here? I hope the bond holders did due dilligance. I remember when there was a problem for the bonds on the stalled and abandoned nuclear power plants in Washington state many years ago.

    11. Wolf on August 25th, 2010 10:40 am

      #7 I totally agree…but I will say that blaming “liberals” is absurd. I should blame bush…aka barney rubble….since the plans for this school probably started during one of his terms. Yet this site would NEVER mention anything like that, as Republians are never in the wrong. ha ha…

      #8 Thanks for the info….at least someone around here looks into things..and doesn’t jump to blame others.

    12. Jesdamala on August 25th, 2010 7:38 pm

      Athletic fields, sports and arts facilities, science and technology labs and libraries are as much a part of education as standard classrooms with desks. It all adds up to educating the ‘whole’ child. Is this not investing in the child? Or would some prefer for these over 4,000 students in 13 grade levels to stay in their ‘neighborhood’ schools, many, if not most, in decrepit condition with aged buildings, leaky plumbing and a little bit of blacktop to play dodge ball, with not a tree or shrub or blade of grass?

      Who could have foreseen in 2002 what the economy would have been 8 years in the future, that building costs would have soared and the world’s economy would be in the hideous mess it is in, not just California or Los Angeles, but the global economy?
      Who here has actually seen the site and knows just where in Los Angeles it is located and how this will improve the ‘hood’? I am a lifelong resident, in fact a fifth generation Californian and Los Angelean, not a ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’. I most certainly did not have a crystal ball to see into the future and know the roadblocks and obstacles that lay ahead in the building of this complex, and there were many, including preservationists, environmentalists and a long line of corporate greed mongers like Mr. Trump who wanted to build the world’s tallest building on this site, and oh, yes, a long line of corporate greed mongers

      This complex site also includes a public park, in an area where there were none. It was an area then past its prime, businesses having moved back to downtown Los Angeles or the Westside.

      I have tried to research the admissions process, but if like other schools in the LAUSD admissions are probably based on a variety of things including a lottery system (an attempt to balance racial diversity), sometimes the arts magnet schools require auditions or portfolios. If one lives in the defined neighborhood may factor in (which today is a mix of Asian and Latino, with a few Caucasians and Blacks tossed into the mix I believe. The wealthy residents of nearby Hancock Park send their privileged children to private schools.

      This fabulous complex will face hurdles and tests in the years to come, especially the early years, but I am at peace knowing that each year over 4,000 students will be going each day to an inspiring environment. It’s a start. I have no issue at all with naming it after RFK, who tragically lost his life on this site. The Sirhan Sirhan comment was ridiculous. Forgive me Red, I have much respect for you,but that was just waaaaaay too weird.

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