Officials claim Oklahoma owed $30M in Impact Aid for schools

This chart from the Federal Education Budget Project shows the Impact Aid budget for fiscal year 2014.

The federal government owes Oklahoma more than $30 million in Impact Aid funding, officials said at a hearing on Tuesday.

Impact Aid provides money to public school districts on or near reservations and federal land. The goal is to offset the lack of taxes from Indian and federal lands.

The state received $33.3 million in Impact Aid last year, The Enid News & Eagle reported. One superintendent said that's only half of what the schools are entitled.

Impact Aid funding totals $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, according to the Federal Education Budget Project. The level hasn't increased significantly since fiscal year 2004.

"The largest recipient of Basic Support payments is Arizona, which received $160 million in fiscal year 2013," the project sated. "Other major recipients include Alaska ($133 million), Texas ($93 million), New Mexico ($86 million), and California ($57 million)"

Audio from yesterday's hearing can be found on the Oklahoma State Legislature's website.

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