Edwards honored with Impact Aid Association’s highest award

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) has singled out Rep. Chet Edwards to receive its greatest honor, the “Harry S. Truman Recognition Award” for exemplifying, through his actions, the kind of support for the Impact Aid program that gave it its early roots. Edwards, a past recipient of NAFIS’s the “Friend of NAFIS” award, has provided continued leadership and support for the program. Most recently in his position as a member of the House Budget Committee, his efforts to identify Impact Aid by name within the House Budget Resolution as a program deserving of an increase in funding was the only amendment to be adopted in committee. From the beginning of his tenure in the House of Representatives, he has consistently gone to the House floor to speak on behalf of the Impact Aid program. As one of the founding members of the House Impact Aid Coalition, he exhibited leadership by helping the Impact Aid community stay the course through counsel and guidance. “From a NAFIS perspective,” said NAFIS Executive Director John Forkenbrock, “this honor should be awarded sparingly and only when someone has consistently, through his or her actions, made a distinct difference in the program. We believe that not only does Representative Edwards meet the criteria of the award, he exceeds it.” Edwards will be only the third recipient of the Harry S. Truman award since its inception in 1990. Only the Honorable William H. Natcher and Representative John E. Porter have been considered worthy of this award in the past. In 1950, President Truman signed Impact Aid into law, recognizing the obligation of the federal government to provide communities and school districts impacted by a federal activity a payment to help pay the cost of educating children enrolled in federally connected school districts. The award will be bestowed upon Representative Edwards during the 2003 NAFIS Fall Conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill during a Congressional luncheon on Monday, Sept. 22 between 1- 2:30 p.m. NAFIS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of school districts from throughout the United States. Founded 33 years ago, the association works to ensure the needs of the federally connected child are met through adequate federal funds. NAFIS is organized primarily to educate Congress on the importance of Impact Aid and to make sure that school districts affected by a federal presence receive the basic resources necessary to provide an education program for their students.

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