For the most part, the May 10 election results showed overwhelming statewide support from voting taxpayers for public schools. The fact that 56 of the 76 districts that proposed bonds had at least one of their propositions approved is a demonstration of statewide support for students and schools.

The full list of districts with propositions and their outcomes can be accessed here: LIST

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While each proposition that was proposed has its own unique set of circumstances and voters have different reasons for whether they support or oppose the measure, here is our best attempt to analyze the numbers overall:

  • 88 percent of the overall dollar amount proposed was approved by voters.
  • 76 percent of districts saw voters approve at least one bond proposal in the 76 districts that had bond measures on the ballot.
  • Exactly half of the bonds that were approved by voters were proposed by Chapter 41 districts (and Chapter 41 districts only comprise one-third of the total districts in Texas). There were also seven Chapter 41 districts that did not see voters approve their proposals.
  • 21 percent of the districts proposing bonds meet the definition of a “Fast Growth District” and all but one of those districts saw their propositions approved by voters.
  • The average rate of approval in districts that saw their bonds approved was 63%, with no noticeable difference in the average rate of approval for Chapter 41, non-Chapter 41, or Fast Growth districts.
  • Districts with propositions that failed saw an average of 60% of voters voting against the bond proposal. Within this average, a distinct difference can be seen between Chapter 41 and non-Chapter 41 districts. Chapter 41 districts with propositions that failed saw those proposals fail by a much closer margin than their Chapter 42 counterparts.
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