Purple star designation for military friendly schools approved

Nebraska schools that take measures to welcome military-connected students may receive a special designation under a bill passed by the Legislature April 12.

Sen. Carol Blood
Sen. Carol Blood

Under LB5, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Carol Blood, a public, private or parochial school may apply to the State Board of Education for an annual “purple star school” designation.

To qualify, a school must designate a staff member as a military liaison who will serve as a school’s point of contact for military-connected students and their families. Among other duties, the liaison will identify military-connected students and assist in coordinating school programs relevant to them.

Among other criteria, a qualifying school must offer online resources for military-connected students and their families, maintain a student-led program to assist military-connected students in transitioning into the school and offer training for staff members on issues related to military-connected students.

Lawmakers voted 46-0 to pass the bill.

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