What is a District of Innovation?
House Bill 1842, from the 84th Legislature, allows school districts to seek District of Innovation status to be exempt from a variety of state requirements, Ultimately, this designation would afford La Porte ISD more local control so that we can better serve our stakeholders.
How do we become a District of Innovation?
- The La Porte ISD Board of Trustees adopts a resolution to hold a public hearing to discuss the possibility of becoming a District of Innovation. (Completed Feb. 14, 2017)
- The La Porte ISD Board of Trustees conducts a public hearing to explain and discuss the possibility of becoming a District of Innovation. (Completed Feb. 14, 2017)
- The La Porte ISD Board of Trustees approves a motion to pursue a District of Innovation Plan and approves the appointment of a Innovation Plan Committee. (Completed Feb. 14, 2017)
- Gather input from the DEIC, serving as the La Porte ISD District of Innovation (DOI) Planning Committee, to develop the local DOI Plan.
- Post the plan to the district's website for 30 days. (March 5 - April 3, 2017)
- DEIC meeting to consider approval of Final DOI Plan. (April 4)
- La Porte ISD Board of Trustees must approve the plan by at least two-thirds majority.
- Notify the Commissioner of Education of the plan.
- Update all policy changes with Texas Association of School Boards and La Porte ISD Board of Trustees.
A District of Innovation designation lasts for five calendar years; it may be amended by the District Educational Improvement Council (DEIC) and Board of Trustees; and it may be renewed within six months of expiration of the plan's term.