"An Education in Expansion"
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Using a combination of aggressive real estate negotiations, political gamesmanship and eminent domain, the Los Angeles Unified School District is scooping up hundreds of acres of land in a $14-billion campus building program that will result in enough new classroom seats to fill Dodger Stadium three times over.Gosh, why could that be? I don't know, because the LAT won't tell me.
When the program is completed in 2012, officials say, they will be close to ending overcrowding in the district, boosting academic performance and remaking neighborhoods. Some call it the largest public works project in the western United States - possibly rivaled in the nation only by Boston's $14.6-billion highway tunnel project known as the "Big Dig."
...The district hasn't been in the business of erecting schools for years. Most campuses were built before 1960, and for decades, they mostly sufficed. Then, in the 1980s, district enrollment began to swell past capacity...
However, I do have this article: Immigration fuels school-building frenzy (link):
yet when the project is officially completed in eight years, it won't be enough. That $10 billion will buy 162,000 seats, but projections are that, by 2012, the district will need an additional 33,700 seats...Why isn't the LAT covering this massive subsidy to those who employ "cheap" labor? Many of the students in the LAUSD are the children of "cheap" laborers and illegal aliens. Shouldn't the employers pay the true cost for that "cheap" labor, rather than shoving the ancillary costs off on the rest of us?
And, shouldn't the LAT be covering those issues?
Let's all send an email to Readers.Rep *at* latimes.com and ask.
On a side note, I suggest also looking at who passed the school bond in question. It only passed by 20,000 or so votes. If San Francisco County had voted like the rest of California, it would have failed. However, the "liberals" in S.F. pushed it over the top.
(Via reason . com/hitandrun/2004/11/the_luxury_of_l.shtml)