District of Innovation Public Hearing

A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, effective immediately, that gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open enrollment charter schools. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in the Texas Education Code chapter 12A.

Why Explore an Innovative Plan

  • Gives local school districts flexibility
  • Greater local control as decision makers over the educational and instructional model for students:
Gives local school districts flexibility

The plan must provide for a comprehensive education program for the district which may include:

  • Innovations in curriculum and instructional methods
  • community participations,
  • community and parent involvement
  • governance
  • modifications to the school day or year

Prohibited exemptions including (but not limited to)....

  • District governance
  • Curriculum
  • State Assessment System
  • Sate Accountability System
  • School Finance
  • Federal Requirements
  • Others in state law outside of the Education Code
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