District of Innovation

House Bill 1842 was passed during the 84th Legislative Session. This bill provides the opportunity for Texas public school districts to pursue becoming a District of Innovation, which allows districts to obtain exemptions from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code to allow more flexibility and local control for innovative programming.

On October 11th, 2016, the BISD District Site-Based Decision Making Committee discussed preliminary thoughts on becoming a District of Innovation and unanimously signed a petition to pursue becoming one. On October 18th, 2016, the petition was presented to the Board of Trustees and a resolution was signed by the Board Members to consider becoming a District of Innovation. A Public Hearing to allow the public to learn more about the designation and provide feedback was held on November 15th, 2016. The Board Members appointed a Local Innovation Committee comprised of community members, parents, teachers, and administration to begin the process of developing a local plan in accordance with TEC 12A.003 to address the needs of the district.

The Local Innovation Committee met to develop an initial draft of the Local Innovation plan. The plan is posted online for public viewing and feedback from December 9th, 2016 to January 7th, 2017. The Local Innovation Committee will meet to consider feedback received after January 7th, 2017. The plan will be presented to the BISD Site-Based Decision Making Committee and, if recommended by the committee, will be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration.