Key Groups Differ on Changes Sought for Impact Aid
The two major groups representing schools on issues involving the federal impact-aid program are gearing up for a debate over potentially major changes to the $1.2 billion-a-year program when Congress reauthorizes the No Child Left Behind Act.
The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools and the National Council for Impacted Schools have considerably different proposals for how lawmakers should revamp the complicated formula for compensating districts. They also disagree on how local assessors should calculate the tax value of federal land within a school district’s borders.
Established in 1950, the impact-aid program helps make up for property-tax revenue lost to districts that enroll a high number of students whose parents are in the military or work as civilian employees on military bases, as well as American Indian students and students living...
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