SB 1557

Status: Signed by governor
Author: Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.
Sponsor: Rep. Diego Bernal
Summary: Expands the definition of "military-connected student" to include a dependent of a current or former member of the military, and a dependent of a member of the military who was killed in the line of duty.

Creates a "Purple Star" designation for campuses that designate a staff member as a military liaison (responsible for identifying military connected students and serving as the point of contact between the school and the families); maintain a website with resources for military-connected students and families; maintain a transition program led by students to assist military-connected students in transitioning into the campus; offer professional development for staff members on related issues; and offer at least one of the following initiatives: a resolution of support for military families, recognition of the Month of the Military Child or Military Family Month with relevant events, or partnership with a local military installation.

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