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LAUSD Readies Its $578 Million RFK Campus for School Year

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The conversion of the Ambassador Hotel site to a Los Angeles Unified School District mega-campus is almost complete, as the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools preps to welcome students for the first time ever next month.

The campus is one of several in a group nicknamed the LAUSD's "Taj Mahal Schools," referring to its size, opulence, amenities, and, of course, cost. At $578 million, RFK will host over 4,000 students, and surpasses Roybal as the most expensive school in the district, which itself had previously surpassed the architecturally interesting arts high school in Downtown.

What has some eyebrows raised, however, is the almost shocking contrast between the spectacle of the campus, and the dire situation the LAUSD faces in the columns of its own ledger books, namely a $640 million budget shortfall that is necessitating the pink slip-ping of thousands of teachers and cutbacks in school programs and services.