Three of the nation’s five most expensive schools are in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each ranks among the lowest performing schools in California.
 
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools cost $578 million, has an auditorium similar to Los Angeles’ Coconut Grove nightclub and an aquatic center, yet ranks worse than 70 percent of elementary, 53 percent middle and 68 percent California high schools.
 
Edward R. Roybal Learning Center cost $377 million, has underground parking, dance studios, 73,000 sq. ft. of classroom space and 17 percent proficiency in math.
 
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts cost $232 million, has a performing arts center, TV studio, outdoor atrium for Japanese Roku pottery and 17 percent proficiency in math. Students come from the same neighborhoods as the Garfield Avenue students Jaime Escalante taught calculus in after school and weekend classes.
 
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