Aledo ISD Budget & Legislative Advocacy Information

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Legislative Session Updates from Aledo ISD

  • Aledo ISD Statement - May 6, 2024

    It’s been more than nine weeks (March 1) since Aledo ISD learned that the Texas Attorney General had filed suit against the district, alleging that the district engaged in electioneering ahead of the March 4 Primary Election because the district’s email to the community in late February was, “discussing the school’s budget and how voting in the primary election would greatly impact Aledo schools.”

    Since then:

    • Aledo ISD was served the lawsuit on March 25, 2024.

    • AISD and its legal counsel have repeatedly asked for specific information on what constituted electioneering in the email, and those repeated questions have gone unanswered.

    • Aledo ISD and the Attorney General’s office have filed an agreed-upon order with the court; this agreement was made by Aledo ISD to avoid the cost of ongoing litigation and to focus our attention on much more pressing matters.

    The order essentially states that Aledo ISD will continue to follow state laws related to electioneering; therefore, Aledo ISD will continue to do what we do: communicate transparently, provide factual information to our community and staff, and encourage all Bearcats to vote in every national, state and local election.

    Aledo ISD is focused on continued exceptional experiences for our students and staff as we close out the school year amid a serious budget deficit similar to that being experienced by districts across the state due to a lack of sufficient funding by the Texas legislature. Because of this, we will also continue to be transparent with our community and to advocate for our Bearcat schoolchildren and their families, our Aledo ISD staff, and our community public schools. In Aledo, #BearcatsVote.

    Click here to view the agreed-upon order. 

    Aledo ISD Budget Update - March 8, 2024
    This update addresses the projected $3.8 million budget shortfall Aledo ISD faces and summarizes the Aledo ISD 2023-2024 budget reductions as well as planned budget reductions for the 2024-2025 school year.

    Aledo ISD Statement - March 1, 2024

    Aledo ISD has determined that the Texas Attorney General’s office has filed suit against the district. While the district has not heard from the OAG or been served with the suit, in the pleading, the OAG alleges that the district engaged in electioneering because the district’s email to the community last week was, “discussing the school’s budget and how voting in the primary election would greatly impact Aledo schools.”

    To suggest that our public school budget is not impacted by this Primary Election - the Primary Election through which those who make decisions for funding for public schools will be elected - certainly seems less than transparent to us. 

    State law prohibits school district officials from using public resources to advocate for or against any candidate, measure, or political party, and, after consulting with our legal counsel, it is clear that the email cited by the OAG in the suit did not constitute electioneering. See a copy of the email posted on the district’s website and view the lawsuit here.

    In all things, we work hard to be transparent and make sure our community and staff are well informed. We also believe that exercising one's right to vote is a civic duty that should be encouraged and promoted. If you have lived here for the last several years, you know that we regularly encourage voting in every national, state and local election. 

    Aledo ISD Legislative Update - February 20, 2024
    Aledo ISD faces a critical budget crisis, with a $3.8 million cut anticipated for the 2024-2025 school year due to historic inflation and prioritization of private/home school vouchers by state leaders. The update emphasizes potential measures to address the shortfall, including cuts to personnel-related expenses, and urges community involvement in the March 5, 2024, Primary Election.

    Aledo ISD Legislative Update - December 14, 2023
    The Texas Legislature's fourth special session, which concluded on December 5, did not address the funding concerns for schools across Texas. Aledo ISD remains committed to advocating for increased public school funding and expresses gratitude for community engagement.

    Aledo ISD Legislative Update - November 10, 2023
    The fourth special session of the Texas Legislature has commenced, prompted by disagreements in the third session regarding public school funding, private school vouchers, and border security.

    Aledo ISD Legislative Update - October 11, 2023
    The Aledo ISD community is encouraged to continue reaching out to local legislators regarding Senate Bill 1 (private school vouchers) and Senate Bill 2 (public school funding).

    Aledo ISD: Take Action Now! - October 9, 2023
    Aledo ISD is facing funding challenges (Texas ranks 43rd in per-student funding) and will be forced to make cuts due to an unchanged funding formula since 2019, with the added concern of private school voucher negotiations impacting adequate public school funding.

    Important message from Aledo ISD Trustees to AISD community - October 5, 2023
    The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to join a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency (TEA) over changes to the accountability rating system, and they passed a resolution opposing taxpayer-funded private school vouchers, emphasizing concerns about academic standards, public accountability, and potential negative impacts on the public school system.

    Aledo ISD Special Session Resolution 09192023-1 - September 18, 2023
    The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, recognizing the constitutional mandate for an efficient system of public free schools, opposes education savings accounts and voucher schemes diverting public funds to private schools. The resolution underscores concerns about accountability, the lack of academic standards in private schools, and the potential negative impact on public school funding, urging the Texas Legislature to reject such diversions.

    Aledo ISD Board approves decreased tax rate for fifth-straight year - August 28, 2023
    The Aledo ISD Board of Trustees has adopted a lower tax rate for the fifth consecutive year, reducing it by more than 16 cents for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, resulting in a total reduction of nearly 39 cents or a 24.3% decrease since 2018-2019.

    2023-2024 Aledo ISD Budget Update - August 17, 2023
    The Aledo ISD administration and Board of Trustees, while preparing to welcome students for the new school year, have expressed gratitude for the community's support in growing greatness and outlined the impact of recent legislation on the district's budget.

    Texas Legislature adjourns with no new funding for public schools - June 1, 2023
    The 88th Texas Legislature concluded without passing new property tax relief or additional funding for public schools, but Aledo ISD will continue to decrease its Maintenance & Operations (M&O) tax rate for the fifth consecutive year due to a bill (HB3) passed in 2019. The district anticipates an additional required M&O rate reduction of 4 to 8 cents, leading to continued tax rate decreases for residents, and potential further relief from legislators in the ongoing Special Session.

    WATCH: Video explaining why increased property tax revenue does not mean additional funding for Aledo ISD - April 16, 2023
    Aledo ISD receives a set amount of funding from both local property taxes and state funding. As property tax revenue increases, state funding decreases - but the set amount of funding Aledo ISD receives stays the same. When this happens, the state keeps their share and uses it to fund initiatives other than public education. 

    Aledo ISD Legislative Priorities for the 88th Texas Legislative Session (2023) - January 2023
    A list of Aledo ISD's legislative priorities for the 88th Texas Legislative Session.

    Trustees prepare to advocate for AISD during legislative session - January 2023
    The legislative priorities, drafted by the board's subcommittee, focus on protecting local control, increasing public school funding, supporting Texas public school students and educators, and ensuring accountability and transparency in the use of local and state tax dollars during the 88th Legislative Session.

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What to say in your messaging

  • Please thank our legislators for their service to our state and then tell them:

    • You support public schools and are FOR our school children and teachers in Aledo ISD
    • What makes you proud of your community’s public schools
    • What it means to be a Bearcat
    • The things that are important to you that require additional funding to maintain:
      • A program that has made a difference in your child’s life
      • A teacher or staff member who has made a difference in your child’s life
      • An experience that your child and/or family has had in your public schools