Campaign News

March 1, 2022

Steady federal school aid secured for Groton, Ledyard

The Day reported that Joe’s bipartisan legislation to support schools in our region and across the country that support high numbers of military-connected children was signed into law by President Biden:

  • For the second year in a row, steady federal Impact Aid funding has been secured for schools in Groton and Ledyard amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • On Friday, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, announced that President Joe Biden had signed the bipartisan bill to protect funding for next school year; former President Donald Trump had signed the previous bill.
  • The federal Impact Aid program provides funding to school districts “that have lost property tax revenue due to the presence of tax-exempt federal property or to those that have experienced increased expenditures due to enrollment of federally connected children,” such as children who live on tribal lands or military bases, according to the Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act.
  • School officials stressed the importance of Joe’s bill to stability in funding they need to support children of our military families:

“I am thankful that Rep. Courtney continued his efforts to make sure our community receives this valuable support,” Hartling said by email Friday. “Impact Aid represents over $1.6 million in revenue to the town and is a critical funding source. Over the past five years we have worked to ensure Ledyard was fully utilizing the program and without this legislation there was the potential that we would lose significant funding.”

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