Pipeline and oil workers now outnumber the locals at Polak's Sawsage Farm, a long time Karnes City lunch staple, Thursday, October 18, 2012. Karnes City Independent School District is one of several rural school districts in South and West Texas that were poor for years, making do with old buildings and dilapidated gyms. But now that theyâre swimming in money from an oil boom, they canât spend it to improve their facilities because of a state law that requires most of it to be turned over to the state. Under a school financing system known as âRobin Hood,â wealthy districts must share revenues with poor ones and locals are furious.
CREDIT: Jennifer Whitney for The Wall Street Journal