What is a District of Innovation?
The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Texas Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional public school districts many of the flexibilities available to Texas charter schools. The law is intended to give district more local control to suit their individual needs. In order to be granted these flexibilities, the district must adopt a District of Innovation plan. The plan can be developed to impact the entire district, a certain level of schools (i.e. only elementary schools), or individual campuses. Final plans must be approved by the District Advisory Council and the Austin ISD school board.
See the Meetings tab for Agendas and Minutes from the former Innovation District Advisory Council (IDAC) who helped in the development of the plan.
These campuses have approved District of Innovation Plans allowing them to have additional days of professional learning for their staff for the 2018-19 school year.