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LA Unveils $578M School, Costliest in the Nation
ABC News ^ | August 23, 2010 | Christina Hoag

Posted on 08/23/2010 12:54:44 AM PDT by ruination

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."

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: California
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When that guy said "Parents aren't fooled," he perhaps didn't realize that the parents (who are largely former or current illegal aliens) that will be sending their kids to this school won't really be paying for it. The trick isn't on them, it's on us.
1 posted on 08/23/2010 12:54:48 AM PDT by ruination
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"Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools"

Will this ever end?
2 posted on 08/23/2010 12:57:13 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: ruination
... for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones ....
3 posted on 08/23/2010 12:57:22 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: ruination

No worries...the feds will bail out CA. It’s just a matter of time. After all, CA is too big to fail.


4 posted on 08/23/2010 1:02:43 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: ruination

Half a billion dollars for one school?!?!!??

WTF-—Over?????


5 posted on 08/23/2010 1:03:09 AM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: 4buttons

Right - and they want us to ‘get over 9/11’ while they name a high school after Robert F. Kennedy...


6 posted on 08/23/2010 1:06:52 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: AlaskaErik

They may, but it will fail.

California’s day of reckoning is coming and nobody is going to stop it.


7 posted on 08/23/2010 1:10:05 AM PDT by DB
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To: ruination

What recession?

You taxpayers just need to turn up the spigot. :)


8 posted on 08/23/2010 1:13:21 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
For 4,200 students...

Bureaucrats in action - with other people's money.

Is it any mystery why we're broke?

9 posted on 08/23/2010 1:13:26 AM PDT by DB
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To: ruination

That’s almost $140K/student. With a 5% interest-only mortgage, that’s $7K/student/year, just for the building, not including maintenance and utilities. No wonder California’s broke.

Tar and feathers should be making a comeback about now.


10 posted on 08/23/2010 1:14:53 AM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: ruination

Hey, it cost a lot of money to turn young skulls full of
mush into good little neo-Marxist Obots.


11 posted on 08/23/2010 1:16:36 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW
According to the school's home page, it will "embody Kennedy's social justice legacy." There you go.
12 posted on 08/23/2010 1:22:16 AM PDT by ruination
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To: ruination; All

Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???


13 posted on 08/23/2010 1:32:24 AM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: ruination

“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.....”

Good summation if there ever was one.


14 posted on 08/23/2010 1:39:46 AM PDT by Razzz42
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To: ruination
Now if only they can figure out how to get the students to school and back without subjecting them to a hail of gang-banger gunfire.

L.A. = Beirut.

15 posted on 08/23/2010 1:41:12 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority (As Wichita falls so falls Wichita Falls)
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To: Halgr
Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???


16 posted on 08/23/2010 1:41:51 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: ruination
as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968.

With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million,

1. They already had a building and it still cost that much?
2. I wonder how much it would cost to turn the Texas Schoolbook Depository into a school.

17 posted on 08/23/2010 1:49:15 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Dumpster Baby; All

DRUDGE just picked this up with a Big Header and photo.....woohoo


18 posted on 08/23/2010 1:51:48 AM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: ruination

Will this be like the South LA hospital called the MLK hospital

that cost half a billion dollars in 1984

and stands empty today.

Do you know why?

I’ll bet you can guess but you will not find the answer on Google...


19 posted on 08/23/2010 2:18:14 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Halgr

Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???

Yes.


20 posted on 08/23/2010 2:19:07 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: ruination

How in the world were kids ever able to learn to read, write, and cipher in simple one-room schoolhouses? I mean, without computers on every desk, giant TVs in every room, Olympic-size swimming pools, and Astroturf playing fields, how is it even possible to learn the simplest of subjects?


21 posted on 08/23/2010 2:20:09 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: ruination
More pictures of the performing arts high school here.

What will they do to top this extravagance?

22 posted on 08/23/2010 2:31:40 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Ugly building.

Art doesn’t HAVE to be ugly to be impressive.


23 posted on 08/23/2010 2:38:13 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Fresh Wind

File bankruptcy as a state....


24 posted on 08/23/2010 2:38:23 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Fresh Wind

That school is actually a different one - a few miles from this new one. It opened last year and cost a mere $232 million, but that’s cause it’s only for high schoolers, not K-12. Its name is “Central Los Angeles Area High School #9.”


25 posted on 08/23/2010 2:49:24 AM PDT by ruination
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To: ransomnote

will they have a memorial of where he was shot?


26 posted on 08/23/2010 3:08:14 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

they will build it then not have the money to run it.


27 posted on 08/23/2010 3:09:28 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Fresh Wind

Thanks for the pics. The cost is obscene and the building really ugle. And they had to get someone from Austria to design it! They make me sick.


28 posted on 08/23/2010 3:09:33 AM PDT by bronxville
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” And they had to get someone from Austria to design it! “

Really??

Anybody remember where the Governator is from??

Hmmmmmmmm.....

;)


29 posted on 08/23/2010 3:25:27 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: ruination
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 …

What are they thinking - it’s only money?

30 posted on 08/23/2010 3:52:11 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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That school is actually a different one - a few miles from this new one. It opened last year and cost a mere $232 million, but that’s cause it’s only for high schoolers, not K-12. Its name is “Central Los Angeles Area High School #9.”

Yes, I realize it's a different school. It's the one in the picture that Drudge has on his site. In that sense, Drudge's posting is misleading.

But it's illustrative of the thinking of the LA school district.

31 posted on 08/23/2010 3:52:49 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: Halgr

“Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???”

That, and “reparations”.


32 posted on 08/23/2010 4:14:37 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Fresh Wind
There's also the "Belmont Learning Complex," a nearby high school which opened in 2008. It cost over $400 million.

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/10/local/me-belmont10

I don't know if you're familiar with the area, but all three of these schools are in hardcore illegal alien territory. Also just a few miles away is the high school where that reconquista teacher Ron Gochez teaches. The whole area has been handed over.
33 posted on 08/23/2010 4:14:59 AM PDT by ruination
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Reparations. That’s it. After prop 187 was killed in the late 90’s a big group of lefty Hispanics gained a lot of political power and formed this big ethnic network, allied with the usual progressive dirtbags in the region. These schools are fruits of their labor.

And they’re not being paid for by the people in the areas they serve, they’re being paid for mostly by the resented whites who dared to try to protect their own state and cities.


34 posted on 08/23/2010 4:30:18 AM PDT by ruination
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I don’t know if you’re familiar with the area, but all three of these schools are in hardcore illegal alien territory. Also just a few miles away is the high school where that reconquista teacher Ron Gochez teaches. The whole area has been handed over.


Well, not exactly or entirely handed over.

We still need to pay for it.

Let me see, $850 million for the Martin Luther King Hospital, $230 million for one school, $400 million for another school, $500 million for the next school in such a great location...

Gee, pretty soon it all adds up.

Pretty soon you’re talking real money.


35 posted on 08/23/2010 4:31:24 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Halgr

“Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???”

No, it means “My brother got me the job.”


36 posted on 08/23/2010 4:43:29 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

I don’t know why and I know i can’t find it on Google anymore even if I wanted to use Google.
So tell me..... why???


37 posted on 08/23/2010 4:54:24 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: ruination
"Districts want a showpiece for the community,

Couldn't that goal be better accomplished by graduating students who are proficient in the three "Rs"? The only thing the building is a showcase for, is the architect and builder.

38 posted on 08/23/2010 6:01:16 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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lol

Biggest waste of money ever.

Here is what they SHOULD of done.

They should of spent 78 Million building the school, then put the other 500 Million in a CD drawing 5% interest which would of made them 25 Million a year in interest. With that 25 Million a year they could of hired 200 college level professors with PhD’s to teach the 4,000 students there with a class size of 20 kids per teacher and paid them $100,000 each AND still had 5 million a year for other expenses like utilities. If they had done this... they would still have the 500 Million and probably would of been able to cut school district property taxes and would of had the best teachers in the nation teaching their kids.

A building never taught anyone anything, the teachers are the critical component.

39 posted on 08/23/2010 6:10:22 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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I'm actually glad this montrosity was built, as it gives overt visual evidence of the takeover of America by foreigners/illegals, and brings home the cost of illegal immigration to the common man.

Maybe this will be a learning aid that wakes him up from his apolitical stupor, and finally makes him angry.

40 posted on 08/23/2010 6:14:55 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: ruination

Can’t wait to see their “artistic” gang grafiti!


41 posted on 08/23/2010 6:49:12 AM PDT by FES0844
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Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???

Great question. From time to time, I have asked the social justice advocates for a definition. Typically they arent prepared to answer.

As best I can determine, what these folks want is, at a minimum, some kind of guaranteed income for everyone in the country. No question in my mind that others are outright socialists.

42 posted on 08/23/2010 6:55:26 AM PDT by freespirited
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Is “Social Justice” the new name for COMMUNISM???

Whenever I heard somebody say the term 'social justice', I want to say to the person, "you left out the 'ist'."

I hear this term a lot in my Church.

43 posted on 08/23/2010 6:58:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AZLiberty
Tar and feathers should be making a comeback about now.

There's an entrepreneurial IDEA!!!! Open a "TAR & FEATHER" Business then Franchise it Nationwide.

44 posted on 08/23/2010 7:13:59 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Fresh Wind

That really is obscene. It is a school not a monument to the school board.


45 posted on 08/23/2010 7:32:06 AM PDT by Jaded (I realized that after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F)
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To: ruination

I can’t wait to see this bumper sticker in LA!

MY Son Is A Dropout From The
Robert F. Kennedy Community School!


46 posted on 08/23/2010 8:41:05 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: Fresh Wind
I see Drudge has now changed the picture on his site to this:


47 posted on 08/23/2010 9:05:25 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: television is just wrong

Yes - a lovely memorial to Sirhan Sirhan will be built to remember him


48 posted on 08/23/2010 9:14:57 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

Can’t be discussed on FR or anywhere else.

Know anyone near South Central?

They’d know.


Guess you could start with the spitting on, and biting of, the doctors and nurses who went there to help.

Like the Superdome during Katrina in New Orleans I guess.


49 posted on 08/23/2010 1:26:50 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: ransomnote

absolutely


50 posted on 08/23/2010 4:09:02 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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