FLAMING LIBERAL KOOK....
This nation spends on education much more per student than any other nation.. in fact far more. This includes within inner cities... and is not instead diverted to the cost of teacher's unions.
Liberals such as you cite buildings, books and bathrooms rather than bongs, street drugs and Ebonics as being the reason for poor academic achievement by children of dysfunctionals within inner cities.
How did schools, once pristine, become trashed? Did some conservative do such? Even if rebuilt the same would result... in short order... as is the case with homes built by Jimmy Carter and his "habitat" thing... trashed in months.