McCarthy honored for impact-aid support

McCarthy honored for impact-aid supportPictured: SSUSD Board President Amy Covert (center) presents the award to Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was honored for support of schools and districts that are negatively impacted by the lack of traditional revenue streams generated by government industry — including those in the Sierra Sands Unified School District — during the fall conference of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools in Washington D.C.

“Impact aid is a critical program for schools that provide the children of the men and women who are stationed on or work at our nation’s military installations with a free, quality public education,” said McCarthy.

“I have seen firsthand the importance impact aid has at Sierra Sands Unified School District and Muroc Joint Unified School District, both of which I represent in Congress, in educating the kids of parents who work at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Edwards Air Force Base.”

“Congressman McCarthy has played an integral role in ensuring that federally impacted school districts — those that receive impact aid — have the resources they need to offer the quality of education students deserve,” said NAFIS Executive Director Hilary Goldmann.

Federal impact aid reimburses districts for the loss of revenue caused by the presence of nontaxable federal property. That funding helps ensure that students who attend schools on or near federal property have access to a quality education.

McCarthy is a long-standing member of the House Impact Aid Coalition, and has been credited as a leader in educating his colleagues on the importance of the program and ensuring that it is funded.

“Impact aid pays for teacher salaries, social/emotional supports, student transportation, technology and other education programming on local needs. School districts in California and throughout the nation rely on impact aid to give students access to opportunities they need to maximize their potential,” said a NAFIS spokesperson.

“I am honored to receive the Friend of NAFIS Award and look forward to continuing to work with my constituents, Hilary and NAFIS to ensure that our schools that serve military installations have the resources they need to provide a world-class education to the next generation of America’s leaders,” said McCarthy.

Story First Published: 2018-10-12