To accomplish our mission, we fund teachers and other educators whose positions the state of Texas does not require but our community considers necessary for superior education. CEF is the only fundraising organization that funds teachers and staff in Carroll ISD.
Over the past three years, CEF has donated $2.2 million to fund teachers and over $60,000 in scholarships to support CISD students and alumni.
Our work is focused on Texas' school-finance program, nicknamed 'Robin Hood', which "recaptures" a percentage of your property tax dollars away from CISD. In our school district, one-third of local property tax dollars are recaptured through the State of Texas Robin Hood Act and those dollars, $33.6 Million to be exact, do not make it back to our children’s classrooms. CEF continues our volunteer work to fund the gap in teachers’ salaries by utilizing 100% of the money donated by families and local businesses to subsidize teacher salaries. This includes funding teachers that are not fully funded by the State of Texas such as Band, Science Labs, Art, PE, GT, Technology, etc.
By funding Carroll ISD teachers, we can have a tangible, immediate impact on the education our students receive. More teachers mean more individualized instruction, more inspiring electives, and a more diverse curriculum for every student in Carroll ISD.
School funding will be facing even more difficult times in the future. The Texas school finance recapture system (Robin Hood) continues to add pressure to our District, with more than $33 million sent from CISD to the state each year. This annual stress, coupled with diminished state sales tax revenue, makes it more important than ever to help fund positions that we know are necessary to sustain the high-quality education that our children deserve.
"Funding educators remains the largest area of impact and opportunity for CEF to align with the needs of CISD and the community. I believe that Southlake is a community that strongly values education and is generous in supporting its passions. If every family reading this message became a Friend of CEF (just $1 per day), we would raise almost $1.7 million and could fund 34 teachers.," said Kathy Lanier, CEF Executive Director.
Please consider becoming a Friend of CEF today! If you would like to donate more, we offer multiple tax-deductible giving levels to align with your family's philanthropic goals.