The Dallas school board approved nearly $130 million to upgrade and repair more than 20 schools.
The meeting ended around 1 a.m. Friday and was tense at times.
One board member proposed cutting the money to improve the crowded and aging Lakewood Elementary School in half.
After an uproar from the politically active crowd from the neighborhood near White Rock Lake, that idea was rejected.
The money will go to improving and expanding Lakewood and other aging and overcrowded campuses.
Some closed schools will also be upgraded and reopened.