– Legislation to establish the Purple Star School Program in Pennsylvania, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature after a concurrence vote in the House of Representatives today.
The Purple Star School Program supports military-connected children as they relocate to new schools due to a parent’s change in duty station. Military-connected children include those of service members on active duty, and in the National Guard and Reserves.
“The Purple Star designation indicates that a school is working to support the social and emotional well-being of children in military families who are adjusting to new schools,” said Boback. “These students have unique needs as they contend with frequent moves and new classmates.”
Under House Bill 1867
, Pennsylvania public and non-public schools would 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 that includes resources for military students and families; and professional development training opportunities for staff members on issues relating to military students.
Boback noted that school participation in the program is voluntary. Pennsylvania would join 30 other states that have Purple Star designation programs with the enactment of her proposal.
Boback currently serves as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, which advanced the bill.