Committee to explore District of Innovation designation for Frisco ISD

A group of 15 FISD staff, parents and community members will meet the week after Thanksgiving to discuss the possibility of Frisco ISD becoming a District of Innovation.

The designation allows public school districts to exempt themselves from certain state laws and requirements, which do not apply to charter schools.

At their first meeting, the Local Innovation Committee will hear from members of the District’s Instructional Support Team regarding areas of innovation that they would like the committee to consider most immediately. These include state requirements in the area of instructional minutes, particularly as it relates to Pre-K and alternative programs; the school calendar/start date; and campus behavior coordinators.

If the committee develops a local innovation plan it could be available on the website for public review and comment as soon as December 9, 2016.

There are currently 35 school districts in the state with this designation and many others are currently involved in the process.

Background:

The District of Innovation concept was passed into law by the 84th Legislature (2015) through House Bill 1842, which was codified in Texas Education Code Chapter 12A. The designation allows school districts to access many of the same options that are currently available to charter schools. In order to seek the designation, a school district must have an accountability rating of met standard.

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