|Posted:||August 17, 2021 04:14 PM|
|From:||Representative Karen Boback|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Purple Star School Program|
|I will be introducing a bill to establish a Purple Star School Program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that will recognize schools that provide strong services for educational transition issues of military families.
The average military-connected child will experience six to nine different schools during their K-12 education. Contending with frequent moves, new schools, deployments, and separations, these children carry a unique weight. The Purple Star designation signals that a school supports the social and emotional well-being of military children who are adjusting to new schools.
Under the program, schools will be designated as Purple Star campuses if they demonstrate military-friendly practices and meet certain requirements such as: having a military liaison staff member; a webpage on the school’s website that includes resources for military students and families; and, professional development training opportunities for staff members on issues relating to military students.
Please join me in supporting this important effort which lets our state’s service members know that a school is dedicated to responding to the challenges their children face during transitions to a new community.
Our goal should be to welcome these students and ensure that they gain the educational skills necessary to be life-, workforce-, and college-ready and to celebrate the diversity of experiences that they and their families bring to schools.
Introduced as HB1867