The Price of Neglect

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No wonder our children isn't learning.....

The Army Corps of Engineers came to the [Washington D.C. school] District in the late 1990s on an expensive mission: launch a massive overhaul of decrepit school buildings, which eventually included spending $80 million to replace ancient heating systems with brand-new boilers to last 25 years or more.

Since then, 40 of the 55 renovated heating systems have broken down or needed major repair. Public schools officials failed to maintain the new equipment, leading to problems such as damage from mineral deposits that built up because the water was not properly treated, repair records and interviews show.

It would have cost just $100,000 a year to remove harmful minerals from the water flowing into all of the more than 400 boilers in the public schools. But maintenance officials say there was never enough money for it in their budget.

[From The Price of Neglect -]

Priorities, priorities. And meanwhile, how much money is pissed away in the sands of Iraq every hour?

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