If there is a point to Jim Dent's article, I could not find it. The nearest thing is this passage,
>But people in places like Trenton, N.J., and >Oshkosh, Wis., have not been so impressed with >the mega-millions spent on an extracurricular >activity. How was it possible, they asked, that >this city of about 88,000 could pass a $119 >million bond referendum in 2009 with America's >economy going south? Williams has received >hundreds of stinging emails from all over the >country. In reference to them, he says: "I just >tell 'em that in Allen we are proud of our kids >and are doing the best we can by them. The people >in Allen are fully behind the stadium. Nobody >here complains one bit."
Well, I do not believe it. I do not believe that "people" in Trenton, NJ and Oshkosh, WI dedicate even a mW of cranial power to considering how Allen, TX spends its money. Nor should they.
Now, if the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, housing a mere 4,200 students, were the only HALF BILLION DOLLARS school building in the country, then "people" in Trenton and Oskosh should not care about that, either. The difference is that the RFK school is a harbinger. First of all,
>The RFK complex follows on the heels of two other LA >schools among the nation's costliest ? the $377 million >Edward R. Roybal Learning Center, which opened in 2008, >and the $232 million Visual and Performing Arts High >School that debuted in 2009.
>Los Angeles is not alone, however, in building big. Some >of the most expensive schools are found in low- >performing districts---New York City has a $235 million >campus; New Brunswick, N.J., opened a $185 million high >school in January.
Hmmm. I think I now understand. "People" in Trenton and Oskosh are concerned about Allen, TX because, if other places start spending their money on sports facilities---something that kids and parents actually want---where are they ever going to find the money to compete with
>Los Angeles Unified School District...as the mogul of >Taj Mahals.
The only serious note in this unsightly mess is struck by Ben Austin, executive director of Parent Revolution who sits on the California Board of Education,
"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...Parents aren't fooled."