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E4: ‘We didn’t make the rules:’ Texas school finance law gives some districts a big advantage

The flat, one-lane roads into Wink, Texas, are peppered with oil wells that slowly bob up and down.

In the town, the sleek and bright school campus stands out among modest homes. A small orange water tower sits off to the side, near a gas station and convenience store.

After four years without a state funding increase, many Texas school districts are struggling to make ends meet. But, as the bright lights of Wink’s new football stadium attest, Wink-Loving Independent School District isn’t feeling the pinch.

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