What Recession? Los Angeles Opens $578 Million Public School

- By Bossip Staff

Los Angeles, California is now home to the most expensive school in the nation, and part of a district with a $640 million shortfall. The new school is also home to one of the highest drop out rates in the nation.

Next month’s opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community School will mark the inauguration of the nation’s most expensive public school ever.

With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, the K-12 complex (housing 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 cinder block 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.”

Not everyone is similarly enthusiastic.

“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.”

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    Damn shame we can open a 578 million dollar school but laying teachers off every semester….I love L.A but thats stupid

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  • mighty b

    I guess LA figured if they spent all that $ on a nice school, there would be fewer dropouts?!

  • Dam shame

    How could there b a shortfall if they have that much money to build one school yeah right come again they gonna wish they had that money

  • BigDaddy

    578 million and teachers are struggling with the current economy…

    Somebody has absolutely lost their minds!!!

    For all that cash, it still won’t help kids who want to drop out.

    You can’t buy your way out of every bad situation.

  • http://undressingher.com undressingHER

    i cant say kids dont deserve the best, but i think new schools should be given to the best performing schools first, then on down the line. Maybe this school will start to perform better now.

  • Baybaybay

    Building a new school when you got several others that are falling down and schools that barely got equipment,books and the basics is just a continuation of the stupidity we see on a daily basis when people who have no common sense in charge and don’t know what the hell there doing. On a sidenote @Realist. Hey my brotha its your girl Pantherbaby! I haven’t been here awhile been busy making my ends meet trying to get rich out here in California. I stopped using Pantherbaby cause somebody here stole it from me and was trolling.

  • jazzyphile

    If kids put in the work, they can graduate. You have to want to learn–nothing can stop YOU but YOU!

  • ShoNuff

    Why are they spending this much while laying off teachers?? Why can’t they put that money in the communities to get these kids some activities to do while out of school? Why are kids dropping out of ELEMENTARY SCHOOL??? Why are parents letting these kids drop out??

  • Kitten

    I don’t see no damn body standing in front of Congress about this – I could care less about Roger Clemens – what about this crap! All that money and then you want to pay teachers how much – something is seriously wrong in this country!

  • fed up in LA

    These schools are full of mexicans most from homes of parents that are not legal citizens. Black White and Asian kids are not populating these schools because the are not being built in areas of los angeles where they are the majority. These schools are also run mostly by hispanics. please people make sure your kids get a second language because they are going to be left even further behind

  • hmmm

    LA just laid off hundreds of city workers smh .. they could’ve built dozens of new schools through out LA County for that amount .. sorry students from Compton, South Central, Watts and LBC for some reason they couldn’t spare any money for you. SMH

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    Who paid for this

  • OakTownHoney

    First, this really shows the high price of incompetence.

    Second, these multi-million dollar schools are really for the teachers – they will be walking the halls of these extravagant schools, long after the students and administrative staff have moved on.

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