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A00547 Summary:

COSPNSRDickens, Gunther, Otis, Clark, Jackson, Gonzalez-Rojas, Jensen, Angelino, Manktelow
Amd §305, Ed L
Authorizes the commissioner of education to implement a purple star schools program to recognize schools and school districts which demonstrate a commitment to assisting military-connected students and their families.
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A00547 Actions:

01/09/2023referred to education
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A00547 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Burdick
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the commissioner of education to implement a purple star schools program   PURPOSE: Authorizes the commissioner of education to establish a purple star schools program.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends § 305 of the Education Law in relation to the powers and duties of the commissioner by authorizing the commission- er to establish a purple star schools program, which, upon application of a school or school district, is a designation that shall be awarded to a school who has: (1) appointed a military liaison, (2) created a website of resources for military-connected students, (3) maintained a transition program for military-connected students, (4) offer staff professional development on military-connected student issues, (5) monitored the academic progress of military-connected students, (6) either (a) passed a resolution in support of military-connected students, (b) hosted an event in support of military-connected students or (c) offered volunteer opportunities at the campus for military members. A school or school district may partner with a third party to administer these provisions. The commissioner may promulgate rules to design the program. Section 2 establishes the effective date.   EXISTING LAW: All New York schools currently participate in the Military Interstate Children's Compact, which provides technical assistance for active-duty military-connected students on certain issues pertaining to placement, records, immunizations and graduation but does not encompass the service indicators set forth in this legislation.   JUSTIFICATION: The Department of Defense recommends states help schools to make assess- ments so that critical information is easily accessible to military connected students, military families, school and school district facul- ty and staff by creating a statewide Purple Star Schools program. Purple Star Schools are military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation's military. Designated schools have met specific state designed require- ments to support the unique situations facing military students and their families. As our military members and their families move from state to state, providing for a smooth educational transition for their children is key to eliminating one of the largest concerns the parents face. The clarity and precision derived from New York communicating clear expectations and responsibilities at the state level ensures standardization and creates consistency as the program scales and families move more frequently between Purple Star schools, even to and from other states. As New York is already home to 26,777 active-duty service members, 10,145 active-duty spouses, 16,494 active-duty children, 40,851 National Guard and reserve members, 16,695 National Guard and reserve spouses and 22,650 National Guard and reserve children, it has the benefit of being able to draw upon existing expertise and engagement with existing stake- holders. Thirteen states have created statewide Purple Star School Programs. By utilizing the best practices identified by the Department of Defense, this legislation gives New York the potential to create a robust network of local, state, and national stakeholders and cultivate competency in the area of military-connected student transition, offering New York's Purple Star Schools the opportunity to demonstrate their cultural fluen- cy to parents and families.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2021-22 A7083(Burdick) Referred to Education.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: At the state level, schools will need to apply for the designation. The commissioner will therefore need to establish the program, develop guidelines, related forms and documents to administer the program. Existing education department staff may need to provide professional development to schools and school systems to raise awareness and explain programmatic requirements on a part-time basis, as well as review appli- cations to determine if schools meet the qualifications to achieve the designation. There will also be a de minimis annual cost for banners, certificates or some form of recognition for a designated school, supply costs which can be covered with existing resources. To the extent a school or schools wish to be recognized as a Purple Star School, there may be no cost as they already meet the criterion to achieve the desig- nation, or there may be operational changes required that can be managed with existing resources.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A00547 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2023
        Introduced  by M. of A. BURDICK, DICKENS, GUNTHER, OTIS, CLARK, JACKSON,
          GONZALEZ-ROJAS, JENSEN, ANGELINO, MANKTELOW -- read once and  referred
          to the Committee on Education
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law,  in relation to authorizing the
          commissioner of education to implement a purple star schools program

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 60 to read as follows:
     3    60.  The  commissioner shall establish a "purple star schools program"
     4  to recognize schools and school districts which demonstrate a commitment
     5  to assisting military-connected students and their families.
     6    a. The commissioner, or his or her designee, shall designate a  school
     7  as  a  "purple  star  school"  upon  application  of  a school or school
     8  district which:
     9    (i) has designated a staff member as a military liaison  whose  duties
    10  include:  (A)  identifying  military-connected  students enrolled in the
    11  district; (B) serving as the point of  contact  between  the  school  or
    12  school  district  and  such students; (C) determining appropriate campus
    13  services available to military-connected students; and (D) assisting  in
    14  coordinating campus programs relevant to military-connected students;
    15    (ii)  maintains on its website an easily accessible page that includes
    16  resources for military-connected students and their families,  including
    17  information  regarding:  (A)  relocation to, enrollment at, registration
    18  at, and transferring records  to  the  campus;  (B)  academic  planning,
    19  course  sequences,  and  advanced  classes  available at the campus; (C)
    20  counseling and other support services available  for  military-connected
    21  students  enrolled  at  the  campus; (D) the military liaison designated
    22  under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, and the liaison's duties under
    23  such subparagraph; and (E) the state military family  education  liaison
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  designated  pursuant to section thirty-three hundred eight of this chap-
     2  ter;
     3    (iii)  maintains a transition program led by students, where appropri-
     4  ate, that assists military-connected students in transitioning into  the
     5  campus;
     6    (iv)  offers  professional  development  for  staff  members on issues
     7  related to military-connected students;
     8    (v) for purposes of monitoring academic progress of military-connected
     9  students, includes an identifier on the student record  of  a  military-
    10  connected  student  and  include  in  the  basic educational data system
    11  reports (BEDS), the number of military-connected  students  enrolled  in
    12  such school or school district; and
    13    (vi)  the  board  of education or other person or entity authorized to
    14  act on behalf of the school or school district has either: (A) issued  a
    15  resolution,  proclamation,  or  other  official statement of support for
    16  military-connected students and their families; or (B) issued  a  resol-
    17  ution,  proclamation,  or other official statement recognizing the month
    18  of April as the "month of the military child" and/or the month of Novem-
    19  ber as "military family month" and has hosted events on campus celebrat-
    20  ing either or both; or (C) entered into a partnership  with  a  military
    21  installation,  national  guard  armory  or  reserve center that provides
    22  opportunities for military members to volunteer at the campus, speak  at
    23  an assembly, host a field trip, or participate in such other educational
    24  activities as the commissioner or his or her designee deem appropriate.
    25    b.  A  school  or  school  district  may partner with a third party to
    26  provide those services and initiatives specified under  paragraph  a  of
    27  this subdivision.
    28    c. The commissioner may promulgate rules to effectuate the purposes of
    29  this subdivision.
    30    d.  As  used in this subdivision, "military-connected student" means a
    31  school-aged child enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade in  the
    32  household  of  an  active  duty  member of the United States military, a
    33  reserve force of the United States military, the  organized  militia  of
    34  this state or any other state.
    35    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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