"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.
At RFK, the features include fine art murals and a marble memorial depicting the complex's namesake, a manicured public park, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and preservation of pieces of the original hotel.
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 lowest performing.
The extravagance has led some to wonder where the line should be drawn and whether more money should be spent on teachers.
donations should have been sought to fund the RFK project's talking benches commemorating the site's history
WHAT? Regulations and unions have driven up costs?! NO WAY!
skyrocketing material and land prices, rigorous seismic codes and unionized labor.