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Impact Aid video

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Students Take Part In An Activity With Their Teacher During Classes At A Kayenta Unified School District Campus. Photo By Brooke Razo/AZEdNews

Watch this Impact Aid video to learn about this funding for public schools that serve federally connected students to reduce lost property tax revenues.

Arizona public school leaders say Impact Aid is a key funding source for schools on or near federal, military or tribal lands that are not subject to the state or local property taxes, which traditionally provide significant funds for K-12 public schools’ budgets.

Video by Mary Irish/AZEdNews: Impact Aid

“I’m really interested in Impact Aid, because most of our funding comes from that. It’s important to learn about what’s required and how it can be used so that our students will benefit,” said Leona Hinton Smith, governing board president for McNary Elementary School District in McNary, Ariz., a small community on the White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation near Pinetop in Apache County.

The federal government pays the funding to 76 Arizona public school districts and charter schools – or about 34 percent – that serve federally connected students to help reduce lost property tax revenues and provide much needed education funding.

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“For a lot of schools on Indian lands that receive Impact Aid, about 50 percent of their budget comes from state funding and about 50 percent comes from Impact Aid,” said Larry Wallen, executive director of the Arizona State Impact Aid Association at the Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by Arizona School Boards Association from June 6-8 in Flagstaff.