The Purple Star teacher leadership program builds on legislation the governor signed into law earlier this year enabling qualified veterans to obtain a temporary teaching certificate while they earn a bachelor’s degree. It also connects veterans with opportunities to finish their schooling at nearby colleges while also gaining classroom experience and learning from mentor-teachers.
Schools in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Escambia, and Walton counties will be among the first to actively recruit veterans to become teachers through the program, the governor said. Veterans will also be able to earn their certification directly from the school.
Veterans can learn more about and apply to the program through a new website launched earlier this year.
DeSantis has also said the legislature would consider an expanded recruitment initiative next year to hire retired military veterans and first responders as teachers.