THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            90
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING RELEASE OF ALL FEDERAL IMPACT AID FUNDS DIRECTLY TO
    THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION UPON RECEIPT FROM THE FEDERAL
    GOVERNMENT AND THAT THE BUDGET FOR SCHOOL OPERATIONS NOT
    BE REDUCED BY FEDERAL IMPACT AID.



 1        WHEREAS, the purpose of Federal Impact Aid is to
 2   compensate a local school district for burdens placed on its
 3   resources by Federal activity, either through Federal ownership
 4   of property in the district or through the addition of
 5   "federally-connected children" to the number of students that
 6   it would ordinarily need to educate; and 
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 8        WHEREAS, Federal Impact Aid is supposed to be paid
 9   directly to eligible school districts and become part of their
10   general operating funds; and 
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12        WHEREAS, currently, when Hawaii receives Federal Impact
13   Aid, the funds are deposited into the general fund, and the
14   funds are not earmarked specifically for public schools; and 
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16        WHEREAS, as a result, public schools do not directly
17   benefit from any of the Federal Impact Aid that has been
18   awarded to Hawaii; now, therefore, 
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20        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
21   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
22   Representatives concurring, that the Governor is requested to
23   release all Federal Impact Aid funds directly to the Board of
24   Education and the Department of Education upon receipt from the
25   Federal government; and 
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27        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Impact Aid should
28   be regarded as supplemental unbudgeted funds and, as such, the
29   budget for school operations should not be reduced by receipt
30   of Federal Impact Aid; and 
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32        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Education,
33   after consultation with the Governor, report the status of
34   Federal Impact Aid receipts to the Legislature, twenty days

 
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 1   before the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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 3        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 4   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the
 5   Superintendent of Education, and the Chairperson of the Board
 6   of Education.
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