Sunday, August 22, 2010

LA unveils $578M school, costliest in the nation

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Would somebody please explain to me wtf is the logic behind spending over half a billion (with a "b") dollars on a public school that services just 4,200 children? How was this project even allowed to be completed in the middle of California's worst fiscal crisis ever?

I don't get it.

That's $138,000 per seat. The end result is going to be a jazzy school staffed with the same underpaid staff, attended by the same kids that are not getting the teacher ratios that they deserve, being peddled drugs and weapons on campus, etc.

The only real benefit here is that some asshole gets to brag about how LA has an artsy looking public school building. It is almost incomprehensible. 

What's the expected life of this school? What's the operating cost of this school over its intended life? Wouldn't this fat wad of cash better be spend sending those 4,200 to private schools? 

Can anyone prove that the outcome of this $578 million capital expenditure is going to result in the same kind of education for these children as spending that money in sending the kids to a private school? I highly doubt it.