SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5762
State of Washington
2022 Regular Session
BySenate Early Learning & K-12 Education (originally sponsored by Senators Wagoner, Lovick, and Nobles)
READ FIRST TIME 01/31/22.
AN ACT Relating to creating the purple star award; adding a new section to chapter 28A.625
RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1.
A new section is added to chapter 28A.625
RCW to read as follows:
(1)(a) The purple star award is created to recognize military friendly schools that show a commitment to students and families connected to the nation's military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special purple star recognition to display on site. The office of the superintendent of public instruction may collaborate with a state agency or nonprofit organization that has experience serving military-connected students and families to administer the award. A school must be considered for the purple star award if it applies and completes all the required activities and at least one optional activity listed in this section.
(b) A school must complete the following required activities to be considered to receive the purple star award:
(i) The school must have a staff point of contact for military students and families. The school staff point of contact must:
(A) Work jointly with the state military family education liaison under RCW 28A.705.010
, article VIII to serve military families;
(B) Serve as the primary liaison between military families and the school;
(C) Complete professional development on special considerations for military students and families under relevant state and federal law; and
(D) Identify and inform teachers of military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations military families and students should receive under the interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children under RCW 28A.705.010
(ii) The school maintains a dedicated page on its website featuring resources for military families.
(c) A school must complete at least one of the following optional activities to be considered to receive the purple star award:
(i) The school provides professional development for additional staff on special considerations for military students and families;
(ii) The local school district board of directors passes a resolution publicizing the school's support for military children and families; or
(iii) The school hosts a military recognition event that demonstrates a military friendly culture.
(2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction must make available on its website:
(a) A simple application for a school or school district to submit for consideration to receive a purple star award. The application must require evidence of meeting each of the required activities under subsection (1)(b) of this section and at least one optional activity under subsection (1)(c) of this section necessary to receive the purple star award;
(b) A timeline for submittal of an application for consideration and for announcement of the award recipients; and
(c) The criteria being used to review the applications received and determine which school or schools receive the award.
(3) The purple star award shall be awarded every two years, beginning in 2023.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. If specific funding for the purposes of section 1 of this act, referencing section 1 of this act by bill or chapter number and section number, is not provided by June 30, 2022, in the omnibus operating appropriations act, section 1 of this act is null and void.
--- END ---