An eight-month long squabble between Gov. Rick Perry and a “certain Texas congressman” came to an end when negotiations to avoid federal government shutdown in April killed a controversial provision from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett.
Since the repeal of the politically charged amendment — which Perry complained singled out the state for unfair treatment and would have required Texas to use federal stimulus money earmarked for education to supplement rather than replace state funding — $830 million has been rolling in to Texas schools.
A lesser-known requirement of the measure was that Texas distribute the funds through Title I formulas based on a districts' number of economically disadvantaged students. With the amendment gone, the money is going to districts according to their weighted average daily attendance, or "WADA." The Texas Education Agency calculates WADA through a formula that multiplies enrollment numbers by a series of weights allotted based on characteristics like a districts’ number of special needs, poverty-stricken, and English language learning students.
The Austin Democrat argues the state formula doesn't serve the neediest students — in a statement, he said it "succeeds in giving the least help to the school children that need it most."
Investigate for yourselves which districts benefited and which lost out with the repeal with our interactive maps. Click on a school district to see its WADA allotment, the amount it would have received under Title I, the difference between the two amounts, and its ranking based on how much more money it will receive now.
Editor's Note: Some school districts, such as charter schools, are not "districts" in the typical geographic sense. They may have only one location, or multiple locations across the state. In this situation they will not show up on the map, but can be found below in the table.