District of Innovation Information
TEXAS DISTRICTS OF INNOVATION (DOI)
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HB 1842 (2015) created the law that allows for the designation of Districts of Innovation (DOI). The law can be found in Chapter 12A of the Texas Education Code (TEC). This chapter provides that a traditional school district that is rated acceptable or better may create a district-level innovation plan, potentially including exemptions from the vast majority of the TEC, which constitutes the state’s regulatory framework and statutory safety net for public schools.
Districts of Innovation may be exempted from a number of state statutes and will have:
- greater local control as the decision makers over the educational and instructional model for students;
- increased freedom and flexibility, with accountability, relative to state mandates that govern educational programming; and
- empowerment to innovate and think differently.
HB 1842 specifies that “a local innovation plan must provide for a comprehensive educational program for the district, which may include:
- innovative curriculum, instructional methods, and provisions regarding community participation, campus governance, and parental involvement;
- modifications to the school day or year;
- provisions regarding the district budget and sustainable program funding;
- accountability and assessment measures that exceed the requirements of state and federal law; and
- any other innovations prescribed by the board of trustees.”
A district may become a DOI by following these steps as laid out in statute:
- The district’s board of trustees adopts a resolution to consider becoming a DOI, or receives a petition signed by a majority of the members of the district-level planning committee established under TEC 11.251.
- The board holds a public hearing to consider becoming a DOI.
- At the conclusion of the hearing, the board either:
- Declines to pursue the designation or
- Appoints a committee to develop a local innovation plan in accordance with TEC 12A.003.
- Identify requirements imposed by the TEC that inhibit the goals of the plan from which the district should be exempted; the exemptions sought by the district cannot include statutes that are identified as non-exemptible under TEC 12A.004.
- December 12, 2016, and January 24, 2017, West ISD District Advisory Team Meetings
- December 14, 2016, and January 11, 2017, West ISD Regular Board Meetings