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Rep. Williams Urges Department of Education to Provide Greater Impact Aid for Military Families

Sep 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today spoke with Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after sending a letter urging the agency to provide greater Impact Aid for military families, especially those in the Killeen-Fort Hood area, and ensure the needs of students are met because of challenges during COVID-19.

“The Impact Aid program is critical to serving military families across Texas. Due to COVID-19, districts like the Killeen ISD have experienced unprecedented challenges as they tirelessly work to continue educating our students despite difficult circumstances,” said Congressman Williams. “In order to ensure the needs of students are met, the Department of Education must allow schools to receive equitable funding for their Impact Aid applications and reduce the burden for districts relying on accurate headcounts that may be disrupted during the pandemic. I thank Secretary Betsy DeVos for her work to ensure our military families are well-equipped to continue their child’s education, and  I look forward to our partnership as we serve Texans.”

“Given the circumstances surrounding reopening schools, while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the Killeen ISD would greatly benefit from the flexibility associated with using FY 2021 data for the FY 2022 Impact Aid Application. We have encountered numerous foreseen and unforeseen challenges the past six weeks while reintegrating schools, and having the ability to remain primarily focused on providing the continuity of instructional services to both in-person and virtual learners, rather than applying resources to the logistics associated with surveying over 40,000 families, would be greatly appreciated. We thank Congressman Williams immensely for his continued support during the unprecedented time,” said Dr. John Craft, Superintendent of Killeen Independent School District.

The letter reads: “Attendance, due to the government-imposed shutdowns has been greatly affected, and school district in TX-25 are having difficulty accurately determining the number of eligible students for this years Impact Aid application. This could potentially lead to federally impacted schools receiving less funding than they deserve.

“It is critical we provide our federally impacted school districts this flexibility with their FY 2022 Impact Aid application. This funding is crucial for these school districts to continue serving our military families and students.”

Click here to view the letter online.

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Congressman Roger Williams represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas and serves as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.