House Bill 1842, passed in the 84th Texas Legislative Session, provides an opportunity for Texas public school districts to modify state requirements at the local level to better meet the needs of their unique student populations, in order to prepare students for success and lifelong learning. Districts are eligible for designation if certain performance requirements are met and the district follows specific procedures for adoption as outlined in Statute. The designation provides the district an opportunity to request exempt from certain sections of the TEC that inhibit the goals of the district as outlined in the locally adopted Innovation Plan.
As a District of Innovation, Calallen ISD will be able to implement our Strategic and District Improvement Plan with the increased flexibility and freedom necessary to be innovative with the kinds of learning experiences afforded to our students.
Following a prescribed procedure and two Public Hearings, the CISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on November 19, 2021, to inform TEA’s Commissioner Mike Morath of our decision to renew the Innovation Plan. The term of the designation as a district of innovation may not exceed 5 years. After the required 30-day posting period, on January 10, 2022 the Calallen ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approval the final adoption of the 2022-2027 plan effective February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2027.
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) website contains extensive information on the subject matter and also lists districts that have applied for the distinction.