The Marx Brothers' famous stateroom scene from A Night At The Opera. Countless people crammed into a tiny stateroom, till finally a woman opens the door to look for her aunt. All the people come falling impossibly backwards out the door.
For that same scene but without the laughs, think about our poor San Rafael schools. Our regional government in Oakland has ordered San Rafael to build homes for thousands of people who actually live now in other counties.
This would add a thousand or more new students to our three school districts. Aside from the fact that the parcel tax exemption of their apartments would break the districts' budgets, Houston, we have another problem:
Where are we going to put all these new students?
San Rafael's existing schools are bursting at the seams. Some schools are actually putting new kindergarten classes in portable classrooms separate from the school campus.
And now to add 1,000 or more new students? We will evidently need to build at least two new schools. But where can we put them? And who is going to pay for them? Well, OK, we know who is going to pay for them!
The Marx Brothers movies are funny because of the impossibility of the situations they present. But impossibility in San Rafael's schools is not funny, and in fact there is no plan to deal with it.
Well, I suppose their is: Our regional government told us, "Deal with it."
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