Federal Survey Card means more money for schools

It’s no secret that school budgets are getting hit hard and that many cuts have been and will continue to be made. As parents, if there were an easy way to ensure additional funding would come into your child’s school, you all would be willing to take part, right?

Every fall, certain school districts will send home Federal Survey Cards. In Ventura County, the survey cards are sent home with students in the Ocean View School District, Hueneme Elementary School District and Pleasant Valley School District.

These cards are completed by the parents, returned to school and counted. Congress grants additional funding to school districts based on the number of valid and completed cards received. This funding can go toward various programs, services and equipment the school may need.

The cards come from Impact Aid. This program is designed to directly reimburse public school districts for the loss of traditional revenue sources due to parents living or working on tax-exempt federal property. Since the property the parents live or work on is not taxed, the local schools are not receiving that funding they would otherwise get.

Additionally, the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act exempts military personnel from paying certain personal property taxes and state income taxes. Again, this means less revenue for local schools.

Does this mean that schools with military children get extra money for educating these children? No, it simply means they get reimbursed for funding they’re not getting from federal and state tax funds.

It is important that parents complete and return the forms. Districts often report that they don’t receive all of the Federal Survey Cards, which results in a loss of vital revenue. The school districts’ Impact Aid disbursement is calculated by the number of federally connected students. That includes students who have a parent in the U.S. military, are Native American, live on federal property or have a parent who works on federal property.

In addition to regular Basic Support payments, some school districts are eligible for additional funding through Heavily Impacted District Payments. A district is eligible for these payments if it is located on a military installation or has a combination of high enrollment of federally connected students, high tax rates and low per-pupil revenues.

Based on the number of Department of Defense or federally connected students, additional grants are sometimes available for school districts. Last school year, Ocean View School District and Hueneme Elementary School District were awarded grants. Both school districts used the grants to add to their classroom technology. These grants would not have been available to these school districts had parents not completed their survey cards.

The Federal Survey Card takes very little time to complete. The information will not be used for any reason other than Impact Aid. For the gain that the schools will receive, every parent can take a few minutes to complete the cards.

In the current school funding climate, every dollar and every cent count. Therefore, every Federal Survey Card counts as well.

— For any K-12 education-related questions, please contact the NBVC School Liaison Officer at 805-989-5211 or email monica.james@navy.mil.

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