Impact Aid is Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now also known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Between 1950, when the program was established, and 1994, Impact Aid was a standalone law. In the 1994 ESEA reauthorization, Impact Aid was incorporated as a separate title.
Preceding reauthorization, NAFIS works closely with Congress, the Administration, the NAFIS membership and the education community to ensure the Impact Aid law is updated to meet the needs of federally impacted school districts.
ESSA Supplement Not Supplant Letter (11/7/16)
NAFIS responds to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the U.S. Department of Education’s draft “supplement not supplant” regulation under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), noting that the proposed regulation will create a huge administrative burden, encourage decision-making driven by compliance targets rather than sound education policy and undermine local governance. The implications could be more acute for federally impacted LEAs because of the nature of their student populations, their geographic location, the variable timeline of Impact Aid funding and the potential for significant cost shifts between the start and end of the school year.
ESSA Accountability Regulations Letter (8/1/16)
NAFIS responds to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations on accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requesting clarity without overly prescriptive regulations or guidance outside the scope of the law and that ED consult directly with individuals responsible for implementing the law. NAFIS also requests that ED be mindful of the parallel tracts of ESSA regulations and guidance and the forthcoming final rule on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for pre-ESSA Impact Aid changes.
ESSA Guidance Letter (5/25/16)
NAFIS responds to the request for stakeholder feedback from the U.S. Department of Education regarding non-regulatory guidance under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the areas of Tribal Consultation, the Military Student Identifier, the need for an Impact Aid digital student count and the need for an Impact Aid application handbook.
U.S. Department of Education’s Request for Information on ESSA Comments (1/21/16)
NAFIS, the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) and the National Indian Impacted Schools Association (NIISA) respond to the Request for Information on Implementing Programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), noting the need for the U.S. Department of Education to work with Impact Aid recipient school districts right away and to consult directly with those individuals – and organizations representing those individuals – that will be responsible for implementing the new law, including school superintendents, school business officials and school board members. The groups also made recommendations regarding Tribal Consultation and the Military student identifier.
Statement on Signing of ESSA (12/10/15)
NAFIS commends Congress for reaching across the aisle to do what is right for children by passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NAFIS is particularly supportive of the programmatic changes made to ESSA, Title VII – Impact Aid, which strengthen the program and provide more certainty for the leaders of federally impacted school districts.
Statement on ESSA Conference Report (11/30/15)
NAFIS applauds the bipartisan, bicameral effort to replace the nation’s outdated Federal K-12 education law, including Title VII – Impact Aid, and strongly supports the Impact Aid policy changes proposed.
ESSA Support Letter to Congress (12/2/15)
NAFIS informs Congress of its support for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the conference report to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, applauding the bipartisan, bicameral effort to replace the nation’s outdated Federal K-12 education law, including Title VII – Impact Aid.
SSA Letter to the House of Representatives (7/2/15)
NAFIS shares its views on the Student Success Act of 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives bill to reauthorize ESEA.
ECAA Letter to the Senate (6/26/15)
NAFIS shares its views on the Senate’s bill to authorize ESEA, the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.”
ECAA Letter to Senate HELP Committee (2/2/15)
NAFIS provides comments on Title VIII, Impact Aid, of the discussion draft of the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015,” as part of the ESEA reauthorization process.
Impact Aid & ESSA (2015)
NAFIS explains what Impact Aid is and how ESSA improves it.
Draft Language for 114th Congress (2015)
As Congress began the ESEA reauthorization process, NAFIS provided draft language to strengthen Impact Aid. Much of this language was incorporated into ESSA.
Comparison of ECAA, SSA and NAFIS Priorities (2015)
NAFIS examines key aspects of the House and Senate proposals, the Every Child Achieves Act and the Student Success Act, as they relate to Impact Aid, noting the NAFIS position on each.
NAFIS Priorities in Senate and House Reauthorization Bills (2015)
NAFIS notes its position on key aspects of the Every Child Achieves Act and the Student Success Act as they relate to Impact Aid.
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