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District of Innovation
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What Is a District of Innovation?
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What Is a District of Innovation?
 
A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842 giving traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to the state’s open enrollment charter schools. Any district with an academic performance rating of at least Academically Acceptable is eligible.

The idea behind Districts of Innovation is that a local school district may want to pursue specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting, or other areas. An innovation plan allows a district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements, thus gaining more local control. Each innovation plan is expected to be unique to each school district, allowing for local values and goals to be incorporated into the plan.

Some areas where Districts of Innovation can gain flexibility are:
  • School start date
  • Minimum minutes of instruction
  • Class size ratio
  • 90-percent attendance rule
  • Teacher certification and contracts
  • Teacher appraisal system
  • Student discipline provision
Each district may identify different areas where their plans would take advantage of the flexibility that is available.

Requirements that Districts of Innovation cannot be exempted from include:
  • Elected Boards of Trustees
  • PEIMS reporting, criminal history checks
  • Curriculum and graduation requirements
  • Bilingual education
  • Special education
  • PreK programs
  • Academic accountability including student assessments
  • Financial accountability
  • Open meetings and public records rules
  • Purchasing regulations
Additional Information
TASB Information on Districts of Innovation
     
 
 
 
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