The Impact Aid program to help fund school districts serving children living on military bases or Indian reservations will receive $45 million in 2012, Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, said today. The funding was included in H.R. 2005 which Congress passed with Larsen's support last week. The funding includes $5 million for schools serving children with severe disabilities.
"Impact Aid is vitally important for school districts in Oak Harbor, Ferndale and Marysville," Larsen said. "While I am pleased we were able to increase the funding from the original House bill, it still is not as much as I would have liked. I am also continuing to fight for legislation that would make sure school districts receive the funds they are due in a timely manner."
Larsen's bill, the Impact Aid Timely Repayment Act of 2011 (H.R. 2094) would require the Department of Education to pay school districts their Impact Aid funds in as little as two years instead of the five years currently required.