Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, by a vote of 221-207. Included in the legislation were provisions previously introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem to reauthorize the Federal Impact Aid Program.

The Student Success Act would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind. This legislation will restore local control, support effective teachers, reduce the federal footprint and empower parents.

Noem’s bipartisan legislation, which she introduced with Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), improves the Impact Aid program by increasing efficiency, eliminating subjectivity, and providing greater flexibility to school districts. Impact Aid helps many South Dakota school districts with costs resulting from large amounts of federally impacted land including military bases, Indian lands and federal property. Many of these provisions were included in the final bill.

"I believe it’s important that we maintain a level playing field for our South Dakota school districts that are on or near federally impacted land, such as Ellsworth Air Force Base, nine Indian Reservations or other federal lands," said Rep. Noem. "I’m thankful to my colleagues in the House for their support of this common-sense bill that supports our schools and students."

Impact Aid helps local taxpayers by reimbursing school districts for the costs associated with federal property and educating federally connected children. Together, over 1,300 of these impacted school districts educate more than 11 million children across the country.

List of South Dakota School Districts Receiving Impact Aid:

Andes

Bennett County

Bison

Bon Homme

Chamberlain

Colome Consolidated

Custer

Douglas

Dupree

Eagle Butte

Flandreau

Highmore Harrold

Hill City

Hot Springs

Kadoka Area

Lemmon

Lyman

McIntosh

McLaughlin

Oelrichs

Pierre

Shannon County

Sisseton

Smee

South Central

Stanley Country

Summit

Timber Lake

Todd County

Wagner

Wall

Waubar

White River

Winner

Yankton

Source: Department of Education, Fiscal Year 2010

 

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