Survey critical for school funding

| September 11, 2015 | 1 Comment
Public schools receive federal impact aid based on the number of survey cards that are returned by federally connected students who live on federal property or whose parents or guardians are employed by the federal government. (File photo)

Public schools receive federal impact aid based on the number of survey cards that are returned by federally connected students who live on federal property or whose parents or guardians are employed by the federal government. (File photo)

Department of Education
News Release
HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) sent home a U.S. Department of Education Federal Survey Card with Hawaii’s public school students for parents to complete on Sept. 2.

Parents are strongly urged to complete the surveys and return them to their schools as soon as possible.

The Impact Aid Program surveys allow HIDOE to qualify for a partial reimbursement for educating federally connected students, such as children whose parents work or live on federal property.

The program was created to assist school districts that lose tax revenues (e.g., income, sales and property taxes) 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, and pay for utilities.

“Impact Aid funds are extremely important to support our public schools and help to improve quality education for our students,” said Kathryn Matayoshi, HIDOE superintendent. “During the 2014-15 school year, the state accounted for more than 23,000 federally connected students and received more than $27 million in Impact Aid funding. Every public school has a 100 percent return rate goal.”

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More details on the Impact Aid
program are available at http://bit.ly/1UluF9I.  Soldiers and families can find military addresses for their units online at Facebook. Scan down to Sept. 3 at noon. See the link https://www.facebook.com/uaghawai

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