House Approves Boback’s Bill to Establish Purple Star School Program

HARVEYS LAKE — Legislation to establish the Purple Star school program in Pennsylvania, sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback, was introduced in the Senate after unanimous passage in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“A child in an average military family may move up to nine times during their school-age years, which creates a unique set of challenges,” said Boback, R-Harveys Lake, chairman of House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “The Purple Star school program would make Commonwealth servicemen aware that a school is dedicated to meeting the special needs their children face when transitioning to a new community.”

Under the 1867 House Bill, schools in Pennsylvania would be designated 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 their families; and professional development opportunities for staff members on military student issues.

Boback noted that the program is voluntary for school districts.

Pennsylvania would join 27 other states that have Purple Star designation programs if Boback’s bill becomes law.

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