Moody ISD continues process to move toward being designated as a District of Innovation
Moody ISD continues process to move toward being designated as a District of Innovation.
What Is a District of Innovation?
A District of Innovation is a concept passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842 giving traditional independent school districts most of the flexibility available to the state’s open enrollment charter schools. Any district with a high rating in academic and financial performance is eligible.
The idea behind Districts of Innovation is that a local school district may want to pursue specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting, or other areas. An innovation plan allows a district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements, thus gaining more local control. Each innovation plan is expected to be unique to each school district, allowing for local values and goals to be incorporated into the plan that are responsive to that community’s needs.
Moody ISD took the first step in exploring this opportunity when the Board approved a resolution initiating the process on February 8, 2017. On March 8, 2017 the Board held a public hearing to consider whether the district should develop an innovation plan, at which time the Board decided to move forward in the process and approve a committee to review and develop an innovation plan. The plan will be posted online
for at least 30 days and the District Leadership Committee will meet again on April 10, 2017 to review and vote on final adoption. If approved at the committee level, Moody ISD Administration will then notify the Commissioner of Education that the plan will be presented to the Board for final approval on April 12, 2017.
If you are interested in more information, please join the Moody ISD District of Innovation Committee on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Moody ISD Board room for a public meeting on the proposed District of Innovation Plan. Questions and community input are encouraged.