"A more striking symbol of the impact of cuts to education funding would be hard to imagine: A gleaming new Southern California high school that cost more than $100 million to build will sit empty and unused, because the local school district doesn't have enough money to run it.
In 2007, voters approved approved bonds to finance the building of Hillcrest High School in Riverside, which was intended to relieve overcrowding at a nearby high school. But thanks to major cuts in state education funding, the local school district can't afford the $3 million it would cost to pay administrators, teachers, and other staff, and to handle the other expenses that come with operating a school."
"As if all this weren't frustrating enough, even though the school won't be in use, the district will still have to spend $1 million to maintain the buildings and run air conditioning and other systems, to keep them from deteriorating."
"That's little comfort to students at nearby La Sierra High School, where some classes pack in as many as 37 kids."
"Hillcrest's woes are just a symptom of a larger education funding crisis in the Golden State. To address a severe budget shortfall, the state has cut one third of K-12 funding over the last three years--$18 billion in all. California's once-vaunted education system is now 44th among states in terms of per-pupil spending."
"...pack in as many as 37 kids."
All this because there are up to 37 kids in some classes? I remember always having had about 30-35 kids in all of my classes growing up. Why did they have to build an entire new school? Wouldn't it have been much smarter to have just built on an addition? Seriously. If you take ten kids out of ten classes you only need up to four more classrooms and teachers. If you are running a state in the economic mess that California is in, wouldn't that make much more sense? In fact, if you spend even $1 million adding on some classrooms to the school you would still have enough money to add on to nine other schools!
WTF were they thinking?
So, now they have a $100 million empty building that will cost an additional $1 mil per year to keep up and they STILL have "... up to 37 kids in some classes." That is politicking at its finest.
Keep this in mind: Typically, what happens in California is usually going to happen in the rest of the country within a few years.
I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971