Comparing Texas School District Expenses Has Challenges

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Canyon Independent School District did not set out to be one of the thriftiest in the state.

The district, just outside Amarillo, spends about $6,500 for each of its 8,700 students in state and local money. That figure is one of the state’s lowest, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of 2010-11 financial data from districts with an enrollment of 5,000 students or more.

Likewise, Sheldon ISD, in the Houston area, was not aiming for any records as a big spender when it shelled out about $9,000 for each of its 6,500 students — though ...

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