Cathy worked to include Impact Aid for Tribal and Military schools in the Continuing Resolution in March. Impact aid is funding for schools that are in areas with sizable Federal owned land, which is not subject to property taxes. These school districts are at a distinct disadvantage and receive Federal aid to make up for that loss of revenue. Impact aid was signed in to law by the President on March 23rd.
Cathy co-sponsored the Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017 (H.R. 2482). Perkins loans are loans to need-based college students, where the cost is shared by the government, the student, and the school they attend. The program’s funding expired on September 30th, 2017. This bill would re-authorize and extend Perkins Loans through 2019.
Cathy was a co-sponsor of the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (H.R. 2234). This authorized a merit-based program to recognize exemplary teachers of children with disabilities and other paraeducators such as social workers, and occupational therapists.