The Education Dept. (DoEd) seeks public input on $60 million Impact Aid grants (CFDA Number: 84.041 that help distressed K-12 schools.
Public Comment Deadline: Feb. 16
The DoEd Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) wants comments on proposed changes it has published to the Impact Aid regulation.
This is the DoEd grants program for schools in communities with military bases, Indian reservations and other federal property. The grants replace the local tax revenues lost because of the significant federal presence in the communities that otherwise would not have the tax funds for school projects.
The proposed regulations would update the current regulations in response to statutory changes and related issues. Many of the regulations have not been updated since 1995. Specifically, they would; improve clarity and transparency regarding program operations and improve the LEA’s application processes to generate a more accurate data collection, which will facilitate more timely Impact Aid payments. The department published final technical amendments for this program on June 11, 2015, deleting obsolete provisions and incorporating statutory changes that did not require notice and comment.
The proposed regulations are not directly affected by the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The statutory provisions underlying each regulatory provision in this document were not affected in a relevant manner by the ESSA. The department will be considering in the near future whether further changes to the Impact Aid regulations are needed due to the ESSA.