The adoption of this plan seeks to increase the District’s flexibility in order to improve educational outcomes for the benefit of students and the community.
Potential benefits of becoming a District of Innovation include:
- Flexibility: Districts will have the flexibility to implement practices similar to charter schools, including exemptions from certain mandates including the uniform school start date and required minutes of instruction.
- Local control: Districts decide which flexibilities best suit their local needs.
- Autonomy: Districts must submit a district of innovation plan to the commissioner of education, but approval is not required.
On March 22, 2017, the Board appointed a District of Innovation Committee (“Committee”) comprised of diverse leaders representing a cross-section of the District’s stakeholders including teachers, principals, parents, community members, and administrators. The Committee met on April 13, 2017, to discuss and draft the Local Innovation Plan (“Plan”). The DOI Plan is posted as of April 18, 2017.
The Committee may meet again in April 2017, to conduct a public forum and accept input on the proposed District of Innovation Plan. Based on the input received from the community, the Committee will make adjustments to the plan, and then present the plan to the board. The TISD Board of Trustees will consider the Plan at its meeting on May 17, 2017.