CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1346
Chapter 450, Laws of 2023
2023 REGULAR SESSION
SCHOOL DISTRICTS—PURPLE STAR DESIGNATION
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 23, 2023
Passed by the House April 13, 2023
Yeas 94 Nays 2
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 5, 2023
Yeas 48 Nays 0
President of the Senate
I, Bernard Dean, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1346 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Chief ClerkChief Clerk
Approved May 15, 2023 1:38 PM
May 16, 2023
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1346
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 2023 Regular Session
State of Washington
2023 Regular Session
ByHouse Education (originally sponsored by Representatives Shavers, Berry, Couture, Leavitt, Morgan, Simmons, Timmons, Lekanoff, Paul, and Donaghy)
READ FIRST TIME 02/03/23.
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 designation is created to recognize school districts that demonstrate educational and social-emotional supports to students of military service members as they face transitions to a new school. School districts that earn the designation 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 the needs of a diverse K-12 population to establish and administer the designation. A school district must be considered for the purple star designation if it applies and completes all the required activities and at least one optional activity listed in this section.
(b) A school district must complete the following required activities to be considered to receive the purple star designation:
(i) The school district must have a staff point of contact for military students and families. The 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 district;
(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 district maintains a dedicated page on its website featuring resources for military families.
(c) A school district must complete at least one of the following optional activities to be considered to receive the purple star designation:
(i) The school district provides professional development for additional staff on special considerations for military students and families;
(ii) The school district board of directors passes a resolution publicizing the school district's support for military children and families; or
(iii) The school district 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 district to submit for consideration to receive a purple star designation. 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 designation;
(b) A timeline for submittal of an application for consideration and for announcement of the recipients; and
(c) The criteria being used to review the applications received and determine which school districts receive the designation.
(3) The purple star designation shall be awarded every two years, beginning in 2024.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. If specific funding for the purposes of this act, referencing this act by bill or chapter number, is not provided by June 30, 2023, in the omnibus operating appropriations act, this act is null and void.
Passed by the House April 13, 2023.
Passed by the Senate April 5, 2023.
Approved by the Governor May 15, 2023.
Filed in Office of Secretary of State May 16, 2023.
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