ERIC Number: ED364384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Tribal Perspective of the Impact Aid Program.
In a survey of 59 tribes, 27 said they were dissatisfied with the way school districts consult with them under the Impact Aid Program. Impact Aid legislation provides additional funds to local school districts educating children whose parents are employed by the federal government or live on federal property. In 1958, Congress included children living on reservations under the provisions of this law. Districts are free to spend this money as they like, but in 1978 Congress directed that they must also consult with tribes each year to show that they are meeting tribal needs under the Indian Policies and Procedures (IPP). Two-thirds of the surveyed tribes indicated that their input into school district planning was inadequate. The tribes gave better marks to tribal-public school cooperation in general, with 56 of the 59 tribes indicating that a cooperative relationship exists to some extent. The report offers recommendations to school districts, tribes, and the U.S. Department of Education for improving the situation. Tables list Impact Aid data for school districts in 26 states. Appendices include a form for review of IPP, a sample IPP, and sources of additional information. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Indian Policy Center, Washington, DC.