TEA shares gratitude to Texas’s military-connected students and their families

Agency is calling for Purple Star Campus Designation applications

AUSTIN, Texas – As the month of April comes to an end, the Texas Education Agency wishes to share a special thank you to the many sacrifices our military-connected students and their families make for each of our freedoms. TEA recognizes those families and students for their years of service and commitment. During the 2020 Fall semester, over 144,000 military-connected students attended Texas schools in every region of the state.

During April, the Month of the Military Child, TEA reminds Texas’s 1,200-plus school systems that they are now accepting applications for the Purple Star Campus Designation. The 86th Texas Legislature created this designation to recognize Texas independent school districts and open enrollment charter schools that show their support and commitment to achieving the unique needs of military-connected students and their families. The average military-connected student moves six to nine times during his or her K-12 educational experience.

During the program’s first year, 116 schools representing 25 school systems across 10 Education Service Center (ESC) regions applied for and obtained the designation. TEA hopes to see more campuses apply for and receive this designation for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. This will be the second full year for this award recognition. Applications are accepted annually, and all Texas schools can become a Purple Star Campus, no matter the size of its military-connected student population. TEA urges districts to support campuses and assist them with meeting the criteria for Purple Star Campus Designation status.

“The Texas Education Agency is committed to providing the best quality educational experience for all children, including for students from our extraordinary military families,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “We recognize the unique challenges military-connected students often face when transitioning to new schools; that’s why we maximize the availability of high-quality resources for them. I encourage all our schools to provide a school experience that fully supports the unique needs of our military-connected students.”

On Monday, April 5, TEA started accepting designation applications for the following school year, and will continue accepting applications through Tuesday, June 1. On Tuesday, May 4, the agency will host an information session at 11 a.m. CST for school districts interested in learning mroe about the application process. Interested schools can register here.

TEA will announce the notification of award outcomes for the 2021-22 school year in August. Please see the To the Administrator Address Letter for more information. Visit TEA’s Purple Star Campus Designation to apply.

Notification of award outcomes for the 2021-22 school year will be announced by TEA in August. For more information, please see the To the Administrator Addressed Letter. And to apply, visit TEA’s Purple Star Campus Designation.