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Proposed Cut for Funding for Impact Aid

05.28.2013, by Susan Conolly
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Did you know that the Administration’s FY 2014 budget proposal eliminates a portion of the funding for Impact Aid for Federal Properties?  While many Americans may not be familiar with Impact Aid, for those school districts in the communities surrounding military installations, this aid is crucial in providing for the education of not only military-connected children, but all children whose families reside in school districts with significant tax-exempt federal property.  As an organization, we focus on the impact for military-connected children; however, Impact Aid also helps to educate children residing on Indian lands, children living in federal low-rent housing facilities, and many others in need of education support.

The current budget proposal recommends the elimination of funding for Impact Aid, Section 8002 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  At present, this aid provides vital funding to over 200 school districts spread across 29 states and replaces vast amounts of lost tax revenue due to the lack of taxable property because of a federal presence (e.g., water reservoir, reservation, park, flood control project).  The 8002 Section minimally affects the overall military-connected children population but greatly affects other subgroups of children such as those living on Indian lands.  We feel cutting the support that children receive for education is not the path our government should take while working its way through the process and impacts of sequestration.

The Military Child Education Coalition is firmly opposed to the elimination of Impact Aid for Federal Properties and has teamed with 51 other like-minded organizations in submitting a signed letter to the Appropriations Subcommittees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, recommending they reject the budget proposal to eliminate funding for the Impact Aid. 

To read the letter and those organizations who signed it, please click here.