Alongside textbooks and technology, Texas school districts have doled out stimulus money to car dealerships, Atmos Energy, and neighboring cities. Why? It's hard to tell, reports the Dallas Morning News. Districts must report whom they've paid when they spend at least $25,000 in stimulus funds, but they don't have to say what they've purchased—and anything less than that doesn't require federal reporting. The state education agency asks districts to explain how they will spend their share of $7.1 billion, but the public can't obtain the information easily. Because few districts break down the purchases, most taxpayers don't know how their...
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