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Submission + - Los Angeles Unveils $578 million school (yahoo.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The AP reports, "Next month's opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools . . . 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....The features include fine art murals and a marble memorial depicting the complex's namesake, a manicured public park, and a state-of-the-art swimming pool. Joe Agron, editor-in-chief of American School & University, calls it "A really impressive environment for learning". Critics note that nearly 3,000 teachers have been laid off over the past two years, the academic year and programs have been slashed, the district faces a $640 million shortfall and some schools persistently rank among the nation's lowest performing."
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Los Angeles Unveils $578 million school

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  • $573 million to house 4200 students... works out to about $136000 per student or the price of a house....

    They are on a roll too:
    "Los Angeles hosts expensive schools, including the $377 million Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, which opened in 2008 and the $232 million Visual and Performing Arts High School that opened in 2009.student."

    I wonder what the operating budget is...?

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