District of Innovation
The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, 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.
An innovation plan also allows a school district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements. Allowable exemptions include, but are not limited to, the following: educator certification, teacher contracts, first and last day of school, length of the school day, class size and certain purchasing and contract requirements.
Districts are eligible for the District of Innovation designation if a district’s TEA accountability rating is "Met Standard" and the district follows certain procedures for adoption as outlined by TEA. The term of the designation as a District of Innovation may not exceed 5 years.