Governor Ron DeSantis announced that an additional 73 Florida schools have been awarded the Purple Star School of Distinction due to their extensive support for military families. There are now nearly 200 schools throughout the state that have earned a Purple Star Schools designation.
“Florida is proud to be the most military and veteran- friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “As a veteran, I understand firsthand the challenges that many military families face, including frequent relocations and changing schools. Florida will continue to work to ensure schools provide support and resources for military and veteran families.”
The Purple Star School of Distinction program was established by the Florida Legislature in 2021. In the first year, 124 schools completed all the requirements to earn the Purple Star School of Distinction designation. All Florida public schools and private schools participating in state scholarship programs are eligible.
In order to become a Purple Star School of Distinction, the school must, among other requirements, have a military point of contact to serve as the central liaison for military families, a student-led transition program to assist military students coming into the school, and a staff professional development to identify and respond to the needs of military families.
“We are immensely grateful for Governor DeSantis’ support of military families through the Purple Star Schools of Distinction program, as well as his massive investment in initiatives that provide ongoing support to our veterans,” said Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. “Purple Star Schools help meet the needs of children in military families, and we appreciate more and more schools rising up to provide this support.”
"Florida's support for our military, veterans, and their families starts at the top," said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. "Governor DeSantis, a veteran himself, understands the importance of putting our military and veterans first. I'm proud to be part of an administration that uses every resource at its disposal to create meaningful programs like the Purple Star School of Distinction Program. We will continue to serve those who have answered the call and find ways to support their families."