|Impact Aid -- $696,000,000 (FY 99)|
|Goal: To provide appropriate financial assistance for federally connected children who present a genuine burden to their school districts.|
|Objectives||Indicators||Source and Next Update||Strategies|
|1. Provide payments on behalf of federally connected children that closely approximate the actual local cost of educating children in the district, including federally connected children.||1.1 Payment amounts. For at least 90% of all LEAs, actual payments will be within 10% of the target payment (the payment the LEA would receive at the level appropriated by Congress using the formula proposed in the President's FY 1999 budget). In 1998, approximately 8% of all payments to LEAs will be within 10% of the ideal target payment.
1.2 Per-pupil expenditures. Recipient LEAs' per-pupil expenditures, after receipt of Basic Payment, will be within 90% and 110% of the state average per-pupil expenditures.
|1.1 Annual application, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and payment simulations, 1999.
1.2 Annual application, NCES, and payment data, 1997.
| Propose formula changes through legislation and appropriations language to ensure that funds are directed to districts serving federally connected children for whom the federal government has a primary obligation.|
|2. Make payments in a timely manner.||2.1 Timeliness of payments. 90% of eligible applicants will receive an initial payment within 60 days following the enactment of an appropriation.||2.1 Annual application and payment files, 1997. Data will be provided by program staff.|| Improve review procedures. |
Increase use of technology.
|3. Make accurate payments.||3.1 Overpayment forgiveness requests. The number of overpayment forgiveness requests received will not exceed 10 in a given fiscal year, beginning with FY 1998.||3.1 Data will be provided by program staff.|| Continue quality control processes to minimize payment errors.|
|Payments for heavily impacted districts|
|4. Provide payments that support adequate current expenditures.||4.1 Per-pupil expenditures. Heavily impacted payments will provide sufficient funds so that the per-pupil expenditures of eligible LEAs shall be between 90% and 110% of the state average per pupil expenditure. Preliminary data indicate that in 1995, 5 LEAs were within this range, 9 were above it, and 1 was below it.||4.1 Annual application and payment data, 1996.|| Propose formula changes through legislation and appropriations language to ensure that funds are directed to districts serving high concentrations of federally connected children for whom the federal government has a primary obligation.|
|5. Continue to maintain, repair, renovate, and transfer ED-owned school facilities.||5.1 Facility transfers. At least 6 school facilities will be transferred to LEAs or relinquished annually. All ED-owned facilities will be transferred or relinquished by 2005. In 1996, 4 facilities were transferred.||5.1 Program files, 1997.|| The Department has requested funding to maintain ED-owned school buildings in a safe condition and fund a limited number of renovation and transfer projects in the FY 1999 budget. |
Continue negotiations with LEAs to ensure timely transfer of facilities.
Continue cooperative efforts with the Department of Defense to encourage the transfer of facilities to school districts.