88th Legislative Priorities
The State of Texas's 88th Legislative Regular Session began Tuesday, January 10, 2023. During the January 23, 2023 Carroll ISD Board of Trustees Regular Meeting, the Board considered the Carroll ISD Legislative Priorities for the 88th Texas Legislative Session and approved the item 6-0 as presented.
The Texas legislature did not pass any bills to increase school funding during the 88th regular session earlier this year
They are currently in the middle of a third special session, and as of yet, school finance has not been added to the agenda
The Senate has passed two bills - SB 1 & SB 2, focused on vouchers and a small increase for items like teacher retention bonuses and safety mandates, but the proposed increases are not enough to account for the impact of inflation
These bills will go to the House, where they will either pass, fail, or be amended
Our Senate and House are divided over vouchers and the governor has indicated he will not add school finance to the call until the Senate and House agree on a voucher bill
CISD Financial Update - CISD isn’t alone
While the revelation of these financial challenges may feel like a shock, it’s actually a state-wide problem that has been building for some time, with many of our peer and neighboring districts experiencing similar hardships.
Texas is ranked 38th in the nation for funding its public schools. Furthermore, within the state of Texas, Carroll ISD is the 4th lowest funded school district in the state based on the Texas state funding formula.
The facts are clear. Operational costs continue to rise and school districts across the state are facing financial challenges. Carroll ISD has been actively advocating during this legislative session for an increase to the basic allotment. An automatic annual adjustment would allow the basic allotment to reflect the fluctuating costs of public education and reduce recapture. To keep in step with rising operational costs, necessary cost of living increases for our Dragon staff, and growing staff healthcare premiums, this legislative priority is critical!
Districts across Texas are making tough decisions as we wait on our representatives to update school funding. In fact, here are a few districts going public with similar financial challenges and decisions.
- Spring Branch ISD shared some hard news recently with their community.
- Pflugerville ISD has considered school closures and program cuts due a multimillion dollar budget deficit.
- Plano ISD cites increasing operational costs including rising utility rates as the causes for its $6 million budget deficit.
- Our neighbors in Grapevine Colleyville ISD are facing a $6.3 million shortfall.
- Keller ISD issued an emergency plea to its stakeholders to reach out to state legislators about the proposed state budget.
- Clear Creek ISD is facing a $17.41 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2023-2024 and a $31.75 budget shortfall for fiscal year 2024-25.
Clearly, CISD isn’t alone in facing these financial challenges, and we are doing everything we can to find solutions, by first urging our legislators to remedy the insufficient state funding formula. You can join us in doing so by visiting TakeActionDragons.com and taking just a moment to contact your representatives.