Carroll ISD Needs Your Help

The 88th legislative regular session in Texas came to a close earlier this year without reform to school finance being accomplished by the Texas Legislature. However, as of November 8, 2023, Governor Abbott has called a fourth special session, again focusing on public school finance. We need our representatives to pass legislation to fully fund our schools!


  • CISD is still ranked fourth from the bottom in state funding due to the insufficient state school funding formula,

  • CISD is still subject to losing $34 million via the Robin Hood scheme of “recapture,”

  • And there has been NO CHANGE to the basic allotment despite 40 year record inflation.

Ask Governor Abbott below to call a second special session with a priority to address education funding.


  • "A" rating from TEA with a score of 98
  • 8-time UIL Lone Star Cup winners
  • Record number of National Merit Scholars
  • Numerous championship teams and squads
  • Robotics teams and other high-level extracurricular student activities
  • Excellent students, teachers, and community

HOWEVER — we’ve been doing this all despite challenging financial circumstances

  • 82% of CISD revenue is determined by a state funding formula which makes the district the 4th LOWEST state-funded in Texas
  • A Robin-Hood-style scheme of “recapture” has been diverting over a third of our funding to other districts
  • Our funding has also not kept pace with record inflation and increased costs while our state funding remains flat through an insufficient formula
  • The state is enjoying a $33 Billion surplus - which they should share with our students


Take Action Now!

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Stand Up For CISD

Contact your legislators

This letter will be sent on your behalf, asking our leaders to TAKE ACTION:

Dear State Legislator,

As a staff member in Carroll ISD, I am concerned about the insufficient state funding formula that has not been changed in four years, despite 40 year record inflation. 

During this time, our costs have increased significantly, including considerable increases to:

  • Utilities and energy costs

  • Property insurance rates

  • Transportation and fuel

Along with these  increased costs, there are a number of mandated programs and initiatives districts are required to pay for, despite insufficient funding to do so. These include:

  • Technology for STAAR testing

  • Safety and security

  • Special education / special programs

Additionally, CISD loses $34 million per year to recapture.

Our high-performing district is at risk of cutting award-winning programs and student opportunities due to a shortfall in funding, which leaves CISD ranked as the fourth-lowest district in Texas in state funding.

School districts in Texas need help and we are imploring you to pass legislation to appropriately fund our schools. When you do so, we hope you will consider the following needs:

  • Basic allotment increase

  • Ongoing increased pay for teachers

  • Recapture reform

  • Flexibility with STAAR testing

Without meaningful change, CISD cannot maintain current operations.

We appreciate your support for Texas schools and teachers and we thank you for your leadership in the great state of Texas.


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We believe there is a common sense REMEDY for this; please be assured we will CONTINUE to keep you informed. 

We are committed to:

  • Maintaining excellence as a district
  • Remedying financial challenges with the state funding formula
  • Remaining hard at work looking at solutions
  • Asking the legislature to help with their surplus
  • Promoting community advocacy and more
  • Continuing our operational efficiencies

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Carroll ISD & on behalf of your students!

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You may reach your representatives at the following: 

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THANK YOU for everything you do at Carroll ISD! We couldn't provide the world-class education our students receive without YOU!

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Programs within our top-performing school district are at risk due to a shortfall in state funding. 

We are facing a challenging financial situation due to circumstances out of our control such as an insufficient state funding formula, record inflation, a recession, and a "recapture" scheme that diverts CISD funds to other districts. There are SOLUTIONS - but we need your help!