Go on, go read it. It's very important. Hundreds of millions of dollars a year, billions in toto.
Now that you're all depressed from reading about all that wasted money and those results, let's see what Los Angeles is doing:
Next month's opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968.
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.
"There's no more of the old, windowless cinderblock schools of the '70s where kids felt, 'Oh, back to jail,'" said Joe Agron, editor-in-chief of American School & University, a school construction journal. "Districts want a showpiece for the community, a really impressive environment for learning."
I don't fault anyone for wanting kids to have a nice school, but short of an entire graduating class' being Stanford-bound, I can't see how anyone can justify such an expense.