Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 2959, the Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act. The bipartisan legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate in December, allows school districts participating in the Impact Aid Program to use previously reported student headcounts on their Impact Aid applications for the 2022-2023 school year due to ongoing enrollment fluctuations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 significantly disrupted education in Utah and across the country, particularly for federally-impacted school districts facing funding instability due to temporary dips in enrollment,” said Rep. Owens. “The Supplemental Impact Aid Flexibility Act maintains previously reported student headcounts, ultimately helping schools maintain a reliable source of funding as they address the academic, social, emotional, and safety needs of students. I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation and look forward to it becoming law.”
Earlier this evening, Rep. Owens spoke on the House Floor in support of S. 2959. His speech is available here and full remarks, as prepared for delivery, are available here.