DOE, military secure Federal Impact Aid funds

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Federal Impact Aid brings the state millions of dollars for the school year. (Photo illustration)

Federal Impact Aid brings the state millions of dollars for the school year. (Photo illustration)

Department of Education
News Release

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) announced an increase in Federal Impact Aid funds it has received to support public schools and offset tax losses associated with military and federal installations, Oct. 7.

“Impact Aid funds are extremely important to support our public schools and help ensure we provide a quality education to all students,” said Brian Hallett, DOE acting assistant superintendent for fiscal services and chief financial officer.

“We are thankful to the federal government for providing Hawaii with repayments that have a direct impact in the classroom,” he added.

Hallett met with state Rep. Mark Takai and Kyle Fairbain, executive director of the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA), to accept a ceremonial $43.3 million check. The amount represents reimbursements made to Hawaii from 2003-2011 through a provision in the Impact Aid program known as Table 9.

In 2002, Takai found the obscure provision, which provides for a significant increase in education funding for children displaced because of housing renovations occurring on military installations.

Impact Aid partially reimburses the DOE for the cost of educating federally connected students — children whose parents work or live on federal property. The program was created to assist school districts that lose tax revenues (income, sales, property tax) due to a federal presence.

Funds go to local school districts, just like local property taxes, and can be used to hire teachers, purchase textbooks and computers, pay for utilities and more.

“The coordinated effort of DOE, military officials and Rep. Takai should be commended,” Fairbairn said. “Without this cooperation, schools in Hawaii would have lost out on millions of dollars over the past 12 years.”

Impact Aid’s Table 9 provision brings in additional funding to Hawaii each year because the federal government provides significantly more funds for students who reside on base versus those who live off base. To complete Table 9, the DOE worked directly with military housing officials on Oahu, while MISA assisted in the final analysis of the information.

The DOE reminds parents of public school students to complete and return to their school a federal survey form they should have received last month. The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students for whom the state receives Impact Aid funds.

During the 2013-14 school year, the state accounted for more than 28,000 federally connected students and received more than $41 million.

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