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Texas schools asked voters for $18 billion in new debt to fix its campuses. They largely said yes.

The voter approval rate for school maintenance and construction costs dipped in 2021 after lawmakers required school boards to call them “tax increases.”

School bond supporters celebrate after one of Ector County Independent School District’s three bond propositions were passed during an election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in Odessa.

Ector County Independent School District teacher and political consultant Arlo Chavira, far left, ECISD Superintendent Scott Muri, second from right, and ECISD School Board Trustee Tammy Hawkins, far right, read election results during an election night watch party Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in Odessa.
Ector County elections officials move ballots and voting equipment into the county annex after polls closed on election night Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in Odessa.
Ector County Independent School District School Board President Delma Abalos hugs political action committee chairwoman Sara Moore after one of the bond propositions passed to construct a new middle school and make existing repairs during an election night watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in Odessa.

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