What is a "District of Innovation"
Updated Post On Dec. 17, 2021
The original District of Innovation (DOI) plan will expire on July 1, 2022 unless it is renewed. The next step in the process is the public District Advisory Committee meeting on Jan. 6 where the committee will vote. If the committee approves the plan on a majority vote, it would then go before the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees. If approved by trustees on a two-third majority vote, the new plan would take effect and the old plan would expire.
Dallas ISD is seeking public input on the new proposed DOI plan.
Original Post From May 2017
In the spring of 2015, during the 84th Texas legislative session, House Bill 1842 (HB 1842) was passed. The bill affords Texas public school districts the opportunity to become a “District of Innovation.” A District of Innovation allows for traditional independent school districts to have most of the flexibilities available to Texas' open enrollment charter schools.
By becoming a District of Innovation, a school district can:
- Exercise greater local control over decisions impacting instructional models for students;
- Experience increased flexibility with regards to state accountability and mandates; and,
- Develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning
To become a District of Innovation, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Texas Education Code chapter 12A.
In December 2016, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees took the first step in becoming a District of Innovation and adopted a resolution that gave the Superintendent the authority to appoint a local innovation committee that would be responsible for developing an innovation plan for the district. This plan was reviewed by the Board of Trustees and the public. The board approved the innovation plan in May 2017.