The District of Innovation concept was passed into law by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, which created Texas Education Code chapter 12A. The law allows traditional independent school districts to access most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open enrollment charter schools. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Chapter 12A.
On May 3, 2016, the Plano Independent School District’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution to initiate the process of designation as a District of Innovation in order to increase local control over district operations and to support innovation and local initiatives to improve educational outcomes for the benefit of students and the community. On July 21, 2016, the board appointed a thirteen member Local Innovation Committee comprised of district leaders representing a variety of roles and responsibilities to develop the Local Innovation Plan, which was presented to the board and approved on November 15, 2016.
The term of the plan is for five years, beginning January 1, 2017 and ending January 1, 2022, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law. The committee will monitor the effectiveness of the plan and recommend to the board suggested modifications. The board and district administration have followed the guidelines of the TEA. Components of the plan are listed below. Download and view the entire plan.
- Minimum minutes of instruction
- Minimum attendance for class credit
- First day of Instruction
- Teacher certification for Career and Technical Education instructors
- Teacher appraisals
On June 12, 2018, the board approved amendments to the Local Innovation Plan. The additional components included are:
- Teacher planning and preparation time
- Class Size (kindergarten through fourth grade)