District of Innovation

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.

La Porte ISD District of Innovation Timeline

January 24, 2017 – Board of Trustees began discussion to pursue District of Innovation status for La Porte ISD.

February 14, 2017 - Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to hold a public hearing to discuss the possibility of becoming a District of Innovation.

February 14, 2017 - Board of Trustees conducted a public hearing to explain and discuss the possibility of becoming a District of Innovation.

February 14, 2017 - Board of Trustees approved a motion to pursue a District of Innovation Plan and approved the appointment of an Innovation Plan Committee.

March 1, 2017 - DEIC District of Innovation Planning Committee met to develop the local District of Innovation Plan.

March 5, 2017 – District of Innovation Plan posted on the district website for 30 days.  

March 21, 2017 – District of Innovation Plan submitted to Commissioner of Education for review. 

April 4, 2017 - DEIC District of Innovation Planning Committee met and approved Final District of Innovation Plan.

April 11, 2017 - La Porte ISD Board of Trustees approved District of Innovation plan.

April 17, 2017 - District notified Commissioner of Education of District of Innovation plan. 

May 15, 2017 - DEIC District of Innovation Planning Committee met to develop the expanded District of Innovation Plan.

June 2, 2017 – District of Innovation Plan posted on the district website for 30 days.  

August 1, 2017 - DEIC District of Innovation Planning Committee met and approved Final District of Innovation Expansion Plan.

August 10, 2017 – District of Innovation Plan submitted to Commissioner of Education for review.

October 10, 2017 - La Porte ISD Board of Trustees approved District of Innovation expansion plan.

October 12, 2017 - District notified Commissioner of Education of District of Innovation plan.

April 10, 2018 - La Porte ISD Board of Trustees approved amended District of Innovation plan. 

April 13, 2018 - District notified Commissioner of Education of amended District of Innovation plan.

The district will update all policy changes with the Texas Association of School Boards and La Porte ISD Board of Trustees. The District of Innovation designation will last 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 the plan's expiration.