Recently, I spent a Saturday volunteering at a large, local DC high school. I was there to help paint the walls.
You see, the District of Columbia, which spends $16,335 per student annually, cannot afford to do routine school maintenance.
So a school that was fully refurbished just 7 years ago now looks like this:
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. This is what we get for $16,335 per student. So, teachers and students have volunteered to find the paint and other supplies - and they have given up 7 weekends - to make their school look a decent place to learn.
One might wonder -- where does the money go?
Well, I checked on a few obvious places where a lot of cash could have been spent - smart boards, Apple computers, fully outfitted laboratories, a state-of-the-art robotics lab or even a new gym.
Alas, none of that exists at this large DC magnet school for science and engineering. I just can't figure out where all that money goes.