Federally impacted school districts have limited bonding capacity to generate revenue for school facilities due to the presence of nontaxable Federal property. Since 1950, the Federal government has recognized its obligation to support construction and facilities needs for federally impacted schools, with money allocated by formula and competitive grants through Section 7007 of the Impact Aid statute. Funding for this section of the law falls far below what is required to meet federally impacted school districts’ needs. NAFIS promotes awareness of those needs and advocates for increased funding to meet them.
Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (9/19/18)
Proposed legislation would provide a one-time infusion of $1 billion into the Impact Aid Construction program to address the significant backlog of infrastructure projects in federally impacted school districts.
Statement for the Record – Senate Indian Affairs Committee Roundtable, School Infrastructure Needs in Indian Country: Examining Opportunities for Success (7/26/18)
NAFIS recommends a one-time, $1 billion investment in the Impact Aid Section 7007 line item to address the significant backlog of needs for public school facilities educating American Indian students.
NAFIS School Construction Report (8/28/17)
Foundations for Learning: The Facilities Needs of Federally Impacted Schools describes the troubling findings of a survey of NAFIS member school districts’ facilities needs. Many federally impacted school districts have facilities in dire conditions and lack the local resources to upgrade them. More than $4.2 billion in projects are identified as “the most pressing construction need.” Health and safety, heating and cooling, roofing and capacity complications are widespread, and there is a lack of funds for technology and modernization to support 21st century learning environments. The mounting costs and risks of deferred maintenance on student well-being and academic potential are concerning.
- Download the full report, Foundations for Learning: The Facilities Needs of Federally Impacted Schools
- Download the School Construction Overview Infographic
- View the accompanying School Construction Press Release
- View opening statements from school district leaders at the NAFIS Capitol Hill briefing Press release from Hill briefing
Rebuild America’s Schools Act Endorsement Letter (5/16/17)
NAFIS expresses support for the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2017, which includes language to allocate $100 million for Impact Aid Section 7007.
FY09/10 ARRA Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $100 million funds for the Impact Aid construction line item. ARRA funds were distributed through discretionary grants (60 percent) and through a formula to school districts highly impacted with Indian lands and military students (40 percent). 179 school districts in 26 states received funding through the Formula Grants and 24 school districts in 12 states were awarded Discretionary Construction Grants. NAFIS advocated strongly for this funding based on the federal obligation and existing federal program and administrative capacity to administer the funds.
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