The Districts of Innovation (DoI) plan allows a local school district to pursue specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting, or other areas. The innovation plan also allows a district the opportunity to seek exemptions from many Texas Education Code requirements resulting in more local control. Each innovation plan is expected to be unique to each school district. A district's plan must be posted online for a minimum of 30 days and the District Advisory Committee must approve it before it could go back to the Board for approval. The term of the designation as a district of innovation may not exceed 5 years.
Some areas where Districts of Innovation can gain flexibility include school start and ending date, minimum minutes of instruction, class size ratio, and teacher certification.
Districts of Innovation cannot be exempted from requirements including 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, and purchasing regulations.
Burkeville ISD began the process of becoming an District of Innovation on December 21, 2017. Throughout the next six months, meetings were held with the District of Innovation Committee, brought to the Board of Trustees and the public for discussion, and the final plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 26, 2018.
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