Tuesday, August 24, 2010

L.A.'s mega-high school

$578 million, 4,200 kids

I guess the small-schools movement is dead in my old home town, where 3,000 teachers have been laid off and where class size in many city high schools is up to over 50 students.
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. (AP)
From the name, Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (what community?) I assume that they will divide the monster into smaller learning communities of some sort. But still...

Don't get me wrong. I like the "panache" and "deluxe amenities." But L.A. continues it's huge school tradition with disastrous results--high dropout rates & school violence. Let's just hope the new Kennedy Complex isn't being built on a toxic site or earthquake fault, like L.A.'s last mega school, the Belmont Learning Center--now the Roybal Learning Center. .

Whose idea was this, Donald Trump? No. The Donald wanted to build the world's tallest building on the sight.

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't noticed until now that it's K-12; I thought it was just a massive high school. Even divided into three divisions, you still have a very large high school there.


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