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    Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission in Tennessee announces the 2024 Class of Tennessee Purple Star Schools

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024 | 03:00pm

    The Tennessee Purple Star School Award was designed to highlight military-friendly schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s military. Awardees receive special recognition to display in their buildings. A school must reapply every two years to maintain the recognition status. Schools are eligible for the award if they have a point of contact within the school that has completed a professional development component specific to the needs of military-connected students. The school website must contain a page that provides resources for military families. The school then chooses an additional activity that aligns with the school’s population and goals. For families, the designation will help guide them to schools that have support in place. In November 2019, the Tennessee Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, MIC3, opened applications for the first round of the Tennessee Purple Star School Award. The award is presented to a new class each spring. The award is designed to recognize military-friendly schools in Tennessee. Children in military families experience many challenges: transfers to multiple schools, adapting to new environments, or a parent deployed to a war zone. Military-connected children have needs that are different from other students. Tennessee has 10,230 children in active duty families and 14,560 in Guard and Reserve families. The compact addresses the key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation. The compact was adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Tennessee adopted the compact in 2011. Tennessee has 10,230 children in active duty families and 14,560 in Guard and Reserve families. The Purple Star School Award aligns with the components of the Military Interstate Compact.

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