Navy Region Southwest School Liaison Newsletter
Addressing educational issues that affect military
children in Navy Region Southwest.
Issue 9, October 2009
Federal Survey Cards: It’s our duty
Military families can have a major positive impact on funding for California public
schools simply by filling out and returning the Federal Survey Card. Public
schools will distribute Federal Impact Aid Survey Cards to all students in
October. The designation of millions of federal dollars for local schools is
dependent on an accurate count of military and federally connected students in
each public school.
The Federal Impact Aid Program is designed to directly compensate local school
districts for: (1) local revenue lost due to the presence of federally owned, and
therefore tax-exempt, property and (2) costs incurred due to “federally
connected” students, such as the children of armed services personnel working
at a nearby military base or federal property.
Unlike most other forms of educational assistance, Impact Aid disburses roughly
$1.3 billion annually in unrestricted federal funds directly to local school districts
rather than through state agencies.
“Everyone is aware of the fiscal challenges facing our schools and the negative
affects these challenges have on our children’s education,” said Rear Admiral
W.D. French, Commander Navy Region Southwest in a letter to Navy personnel.
“Federal Survey participation is the only way we can ensure that our schools
receive the proper amount of federal aid dollars.” French continued. “A low
return rate will result in the loss of millions of federal dollars that could otherwise
benefit our local schools and our children’s education.”
Military families with children in public schools have the power. The Navy is
requesting a 100% Federal Survey Card Return rate from all California
“By investing a few minutes to complete the card your child brings home, you
help our schools qualify for Federal Impact Aid funding,