TEA Announces 2022-23 Purple Star Campus Designations
Purple Star Designations highlight strong school support for military-connected students and families
AUSTIN, Texas – September 22, 2022 – The Texas Education Agency today announced the designation of 179 Texas public schools as Purple Star Campuses for the 2022-2023 school year.
Established in 2019 by the 86th Texas Legislature, the Purple Star Campus Designation recognizes Texas public schools that provide high quality supports to meet the unique needs of military-connected students and their families. To be eligible, campuses must designate a campus-based military liaison, create and maintain an easily accessible web page that includes information for military-connected students and their families, institute a campus transition program for military-connected students, and support a military family assistance initiative.
This year’s Purple Star designees comprise the largest group in the program’s history, nearly quadrupling the number of campuses designated last year. Nearly 200 campuses across the state applied for the designation, reflecting the commitment of Texas educators to bring the needs of military-connected students and families to the forefront. The Lone Star State is second nationally in the number of military-connected students it educates in public schools.
“I am extremely proud of the work these schools are doing to meet the needs of students and families that have sacrificed an incredible amount in service to our country,” said Texas Education Commissioner, Mike Morath. “We recognize the challenges military-connected students often face when transitioning schools. However, these campuses are committed to maximizing the availability of high-quality supports to make that transition easier and to help set these students up for success.”
All Texas public school campuses are eligible to receive a Purple Star designation, regardless of the size of their military-connected student population. Applications are accepted on an annual basis, with the designation lasting two years. To learn more about the criteria and application process, visit TEA’s Purple Star Campus Designation webpage. For the list of this year’s designees, click the link below.