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19th Jun '17 3:12:03 PM Vir
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* [[TheSimpsons Springfield Elementary]] is regularly noted to be on a shoestring budget, mostly due to Principal Skinner (a Vietnam vet who still has flashbacks of the war and lives with his controlling mother) slashing the budget to the point that the kids drink "malk" and the meat is "Grade F."

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* [[TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Springfield Elementary]] Elementary is regularly noted to be on a shoestring budget, mostly due to Principal Skinner (a Vietnam vet who still has flashbacks of the war and lives with his controlling mother) slashing the budget to the point that the kids drink "malk" and the meat is "Grade F."



* The "Skool" from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is regularly acknowledged as both militant and under budget. Illustrative of this are the "hall passes", from the "Dark Harvest" episode, the first being [[ExplosiveLeash a collar that explodes upon leaving school premises]] and the "auxilliary hall pass" being a radiator the student is expected to lug around.

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* The "Skool" from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is regularly acknowledged as both militant and under budget. Illustrative of this are the "hall passes", from the "Dark Harvest" episode, the first being [[ExplosiveLeash a collar that explodes upon leaving school premises]] and the "auxilliary "auxiliary hall pass" being a radiator the student is expected to lug around.



* Lawndale High School in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', where the paranoid principal, Ms. Li, regularly siphons off funding intended for education into elaborate, expensive and unnecessary security and surveillance systems. She then attempts to make up the shortfall with dodgy get-rich-quick schemes and bogus sponsorship deals. All new pupils are psychologically screened, the teaching staff tend towards being either sugary idealists or burnt-out basket cases with deep-seated personal issues, and extremely bright pupils are mistrusted as they tend to ask awkward questions. Daria Morgendorffer fits as well as a fish on a bicycle, and everyone, including her, knows it.

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* Lawndale High School in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', where the paranoid principal, Ms. Li, regularly siphons off funding intended for education into elaborate, expensive and unnecessary security and surveillance systems. She then attempts to make up the shortfall with dodgy get-rich-quick schemes and bogus sponsorship deals. All new pupils are psychologically screened, the teaching staff tend tends towards being either sugary idealists or burnt-out basket cases with deep-seated personal issues, and extremely bright pupils are mistrusted as they tend to ask awkward questions. Daria Morgendorffer fits as well as a fish on a bicycle, and everyone, including her, knows it.
3rd Jun '17 10:50:37 PM angie710
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* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "[[ProudScholarlyRace men of letters]]". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].

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* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "[[ProudScholarlyRace "[[ProudScholarRace men of letters]]". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].
30th May '17 8:36:03 PM angie710
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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, the social culture of the school could best be described as [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPartTwo High School Part Two]], tuition costs a fortune (yet the students don't get much out of their education and don't really care), and the nearby community is a complete ghost town. (Oh, and their graduate program isn't much better.)

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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, the social culture of the school could best be described as [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPartTwo [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2 High School Part Two]], tuition costs a fortune (yet the students don't get much out of their education and don't really care), and the nearby community is a complete ghost town. (Oh, and their graduate program isn't much better.)



* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "men of letters". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].

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* TruthInTelevision: American public schools were originally created primarily to educate factory workers, not "men "[[ProudScholarlyRace men of letters".letters]]". After public education became mostly available, schools were still somewhat bad as the teachers were more focused on "lickin' instead o' larnin", licking meaning [[SadistTeacher paddling]].




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* Many schools that operate on the WrongSideOfTheTracks or in a DyingTown can be this, or become this over time. Part of the problem, at least in the United States, is that public schools are largely funded by property taxes...and so [[{{Suburbia}} districts with higher property values]] tend to be able to fund better schools than areas that don't have those high property values, or where there are far more renters than homeowners.
30th May '17 8:31:56 PM angie710
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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, and the nearby community is a complete ghost town.

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* Website/CollegeHumor: There's a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbsdlSpA2GU fake commercial]] for the Quendelton State University, where you can get ADegreeInUseless in literally thousands of disciplines, renovation projects will take decades to finish, the football team is worthless, the social culture of the school could best be described as [[CollegeIsHighSchoolPartTwo High School Part Two]], tuition costs a fortune (yet the students don't get much out of their education and don't really care), and the nearby community is a complete ghost town.town. (Oh, and their graduate program isn't much better.)
25th May '17 4:28:18 PM themisterfree
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* ''Film/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'' carries over this status for Jerome Horwitz Elementary from the books (see below).



* Jerome Horwitz Elementary in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''. The school library is shown as being almost completely free of books, with a librarian who discourages reading. The school also has signs posted [[AssimilationAcademy encouraging mindless conformity]]. The teachers are also pretty much entirely either idiots or [[SadistTeacher sadists]].

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* Jerome Horwitz Elementary in ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''.''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' provides the page image. The school library is shown as being almost completely free of books, with a librarian who discourages reading. The school also has signs posted [[AssimilationAcademy encouraging mindless conformity]]. The teachers are also pretty much entirely either idiots or [[SadistTeacher sadists]].
sadists]]. Not to mention the principal, who is a complete {{Jerkass}} to the point of ''blackmailing students''- which is why those same students [[HypnoFool hypnotize him]] into becoming Captain Underpants (when he's in that mode, his personality takes a complete 180).
18th May '17 7:48:07 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''Film/TheFaculty'', there is a scene early on that takes place at a faculty meeting, where they are deciding how to divide the school's budget. Much to the teachers' chagrin, money that could be used for buying new textbooks or putting on a SchoolPlay other than ''Theatre/OurTown'' (which they did last year) is instead directed towards the football team, because, as [[Creator/BebeNeuwirth Principal Drake]] explains, [[SeriousBusiness they live in a football town]].

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* In ''Film/TheFaculty'', there is a scene early on that takes place at a faculty meeting, where they are deciding how to divide the school's budget. Much to the teachers' chagrin, money that could be used for buying new textbooks or putting on a SchoolPlay other than ''Theatre/OurTown'' (which they did last year) is instead directed towards the football team, because, as [[Creator/BebeNeuwirth Principal Drake]] explains, [[SeriousBusiness they live in a football town]]. She doesn't think the football team deserves all the attention and funding, but it's what the ''parents'' want. As well, there are several points that hint the school is in some definite need of refurbishing, such as door frames in need of paint coatings.
** Also, take a look at the map of Europe in the history classroom. Despite the film being set in 1998, the map still shows a united Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia, implying that it's at least ten years old and judging by the condition it's in, probably older.
22nd Apr '17 8:52:19 PM nombretomado
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* Detroit Central High School in [[SurvivalOfTheFittest SOTF-TV]] is of the budget issues variant. Played in complete contrast to the other school of SOTF-TV, Silver Dragon Academy (a prestigious private school).

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* Detroit Central High School in [[SurvivalOfTheFittest [[Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest SOTF-TV]] is of the budget issues variant. Played in complete contrast to the other school of SOTF-TV, Silver Dragon Academy (a prestigious private school).
16th Mar '17 11:56:03 PM MrCandle
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* [[http://www.xomba.com/too_few_desks_future_essay_school_crowding This]] article, written by a recent Oregon high school graduate, illustrates just how sucky American schools can be.

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* [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20120705183509/http://www.xomba.com/too_few_desks_future_essay_school_crowding This]] article, written by a recent Oregon high school graduate, illustrates just how sucky American schools can be.
2nd Mar '17 5:17:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Moperville North High School is run by principal Verrückt in a somewhat crazy way -- such as blowing the security budget on propaganda, so there are no sprinklers or fire alarm autodialers, but lots of [[FauxtivationalPoster motivational murals]]. And then it starts enforcing a dress code, because ''one'' minor fight broke out over a student's shirt, which had resolved itself amicably without teacher intervention before the faculty even found out about it.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Moperville North High School is run by principal Verrückt in a somewhat crazy way -- such as blowing the security budget on propaganda, so there are no sprinklers or fire alarm autodialers, but lots of [[FauxtivationalPoster motivational murals]]. And then it starts enforcing a dress code, because ''one'' minor fight broke out over a student's shirt, which had resolved itself amicably without teacher intervention before the faculty even found out about it.



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15th Feb '17 3:03:12 AM Vir
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* Chris' school on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' uses the textbooks part of the trope as seen on the episode "No Chris Left Behind".
* Tom Landry Middle School in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' shows budget and policy issues that reflects real life public school system whenever it's brought up by Principal Moss. Examples include a shop class converted into a study room when the school couldn't afford a substitute teacher or equipment, Bunsen burners that aren't hooked up to a gas line, and newly published Texas history textbooks that tells nothing significant about the history of Texas.

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* Chris' school on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' uses the textbooks part of the trope as seen on in the episode "No Chris Left Behind".
* Tom Landry Middle School in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' shows budget and policy issues that reflects reflect the real life public school system whenever it's brought up by Principal Moss. Examples include a shop class converted into a study room when the school couldn't afford a substitute teacher or equipment, Bunsen burners that aren't hooked up to a gas line, and newly published Texas history textbooks that tells tell nothing significant about the history of Texas.



* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' had to go back to one in the episode ''Back to School''. However, this justifies the fact that Cat is treated as TheUnfavorite to every teacher in student in that school.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' had to go back to one in the episode ''Back "Back to School''. School". However, this justifies the fact that Cat is treated as TheUnfavorite TheUnfavourite to every teacher in and student in that school.



** Miss Simian hates her job as teacher (mostly because she's been assaulted and ostracized for teaching subject matter considered subversive or controversial, such as how to make fire and how to use the wheel, as mentioned on "The Pest"), has very little regard for her students' safety/well-being, and is most likely still a teacher because she's dating Principal Brown.

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** Miss Simian hates her job as teacher (mostly because she's been assaulted and ostracized for teaching subject matter considered subversive or controversial, such as how to make fire and how to use the wheel, as mentioned on in "The Pest"), has very little regard for her students' safety/well-being, and is most likely still a teacher because she's dating Principal Brown.
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