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E3: Urban school districts in Texas struggle to make ends meet despite record property wealth

It’s no secret that it costs a pretty penny to live in the Texas state capital. Rent’s gotten so high that some residents are being priced out.

So, even though they couldn’t really afford it this year, the Austin Independent School District gave its employees a raise.

“It's very difficult for our employees to live in the city that they work in, and so, we knew that we needed to do something with regards to doing our best to pay our employees a livable wage,” said Eduardo Ramos, the district’s chief financial officer.

Pretty much everything costs more than it did in 2019. But in Texas, the state’s public schools are still getting the same amount they were four years ago.

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