Rep. Williams discusses push to get more COVID relief for Central Texas schools
Central Texas Congressman Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) is joining other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to push for added school funding in the next coronavirus relief package.
Williams joined Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) to pen a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking for money to specifically help students in federally impacted school districts. The money would be marked for what is known as the Impact Aid Program.
The Impact Aid program is the nation’s oldest federal education program for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. The program gives support to districts serving vulnerable populations. This includes school districts surrounding Army installation Fort Hood in Central Texas.
“They got less land to tax, so impact aid is critical to the schools, to the students, to the teachers and we just want to remind everybody that, without that, it’s devastating to our communities,” said Williams on Monday.
There were more than 44,000 students in the Killeen Independent School District during the 2018-2019 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Rep. Williams said any approved money would help students get the resources they need during the pandemic to keep learning. Williams would like to see the funds, if approved, go towards helping students with disabilities, assisting schools with failing infrastructure and working with students who are learning remotely.
“It is paramount that we continue to get impact aid,” said Williams.
Congressional lawmakers say they will be working on the next coronavirus relief legislation when they return later this month.
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