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Local Innovation Plan Approved by Board of Trustees

November 28, 2016
UPDATE

At the November 15 board meeting, Dr. Jim Wussow, assistant superintendent for academic services, presented the Local Innovation Plan (Plan) as developed by the Local Innovation Committee (Committee). The board approved the plan as presented. The approved Plan can be viewed here.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli drafted a letter dated November 28 to the Texas Education Association (TEA) requesting approval to proceed with the Plan’s implementation. See letter and attachment.

The term of the plan is for five years, beginning January 1, 2017 and ending January 1, 2022, unless terminated or amended earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the law.

The Committee will monitor the effectiveness of the Plan and recommend to the board suggested modifications to the Plan. The Board of Trustees and the district administration have followed the guidelines of the TEA. Components of the district’s Plan are:

  • Minimum minutes of instruction
  • Minimum attendance for class credit
  • First day of Instruction
  • Teacher certification for Career and Technical Education instructors
  • Teacher appraisals

A public hearing was held on November 7, 2016 with the final Plan submitted to the Board of Trustees and approved unanimously. on November 15, 2016.

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October 4, 2016

At the October 4, 2016 school board meeting, the draft Plano ISD Local Innovation Plan (Plan) was presented by the 13 member Local Innovation Committee. The Plan as presented can be viewed here: Plano ISD Local Innovation Plan.

In regard to the plan, a public meeting will be held November 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Plano ISD Administration Center, Board Room located at 2700 West 15th Street in Plano. The school board is scheduled to take action on the Plan on November 15th.

District of Innovation

The District of Innovation concept was passed into law by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, which created Texas Education Code chapter 12A. The law allows traditional independent school districts to access most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open enrollment charter schools. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Chapter 12A.

A local school district may want to pursue specific innovations in curriculum, instruction, governance, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting or other ideas. An innovation plan also allows a school district to gain exemption from many Texas Education Code requirements.

A District of Innovation may adopt a plan that includes exemptions from most of the same state laws that are not applicable to open enrollment school districts. These laws could include:

  • Site-based decision making processes (to the extent required by state law)
  • Uniform school start date
  • Minimum minutes of instruction
  • Class size ratio
  • The 90 percent attendance rule (but compulsory attendance still applies)
  • Student discipline provisions (with some key exceptions, like the requirement to have a code of conduct and restrictions on restraint and seclusion)
  • Teacher certification (except as required by federal law)
  • Teacher contracts
  • Teacher benefits, including state minimum salary schedule, duty-free lunch and planning periods
  • Teacher appraisal system

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