Districts of Innovation

What is a District of Innovation?

The laws authorizing Districts of Innovation (DOI) gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibility available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools.

What can a District of Innovation do?

Potential benefits of becoming a DOI include:

  • Local control: Districts decide which flexibility best suits their local needs.
  • Customization: Districts can create an innovation plan for a level of school (e.g., only high schools), grade level, or a single campus.
  • Autonomy: Districts must submit a district of innovation plan to the commissioner of education, but approval is not required.
  • Flexibility: Districts will have the flexibility to implement practices similar to charter schools, including exemptions from mandates such as:
  • School start date
  • Class-size ratios
  • Site-based decision-making processes
  • Certain student discipline provisions
  • Teacher appraisal requirements

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency's (TEA) District of Innovation chart includes links to the specific plans.
  • TEA’s Form to submit an approved District of Innovation Plan, which includes the TEA list of statutory exemptions available to Districts of Innovation.
  • TEA rules on Districts of Innovation set forth the process to adopt, modify, and renew your plan.

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