Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today advanced the Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act to allow school districts participating in the Federal Impact Aid Program to use previously reported student headcounts on their Impact Aid applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Stefanik is a cosponsor of this legislation.
The Federal Impact Aid Program helps ensure students who attend schools on or near federal property have access to a quality education by reimbursing school districts in areas for the loss of revenue caused by the school’s proximity to nontaxable, federal property.
“Federal Impact Aid is critical to supporting teachers and students in military communities across the nation and especially in our Fort Drum community,” Stefanik said. “I am pleased to advance legislation that supports flexibility for North Country schools, so our teachers and school administrators can focus on equipping the next generation. As a member of both the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor, I will continue to work to protect this program that supports our North Country schools in military communities.”
The following North Country schools and school districts have received funding from the Federal Impact Aid Program:
  • Beaver River Central School
  • Belleville Henderson Central School
  • Carthage Central School
  • Copenhagen Central School
  • General Brown Central School
  • Indian River Central School District
  • LaFargeville Central School
  • Lowville Central School
  • Lyme Central School District
  • Sackets Harbor Central School District
  • South Jefferson Central School District
  • Thousand Islands Central School
Under this legislation, school districts that completed their Impact Aid application for the 2021-2022 school year would not have to recalculate federally-connected students for the 2022-2023 school year. This will protect schools from Impact Aid funding reductions due to student headcount fluctuations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This legislation has already passed the Senate and, following its passage in the House, will be signed into law.