Survey cards affect
U.S. aid to schools
Parents of public school students are being urged to fill out federal census survey cards their children will be bringing home from school tomorrow.
The cards are to be returned to school the following day.
The annual survey determines how many federally connected students are in the public school system. The number then determines how much federal aid the state receives.
The funds provide partial reimbursement to the state for local tax loss stemming from tax-free federal installations.
Last school year, more than 30,000 federally connected students were counted, and the state received nearly $48 million in federal impact aid, the Department of Education said.
"Especially during these times of state budget difficulties, federal impact aid is an increasingly important part of our education budget," state Schools Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto said.
"We encourage all parents to promptly fill out and return the survey cards to help our public schools benefit from every federal dollar that we are entitled to receive," she said.