Eanes ISD Seeks Feedback on District of Innovation & Local Control
Eanes ISD has posted its plan online to become a District of Innovation & Local Control (DOI), and is seeking feedback on the proposal for the next 30 days. Eanes ISD is pursuing the designation to allow more flexibility and autonomy, with the freedom to transcend traditional parameters while creating a culture that values imagination, innovative instruction and local control.
The process began in June, and after numerous discussions with the District Leadership Team (DLT), the committee identified the following exemptions on which to focus:
- maintain reasonable class sizes in grades K-4 of 22:1 or less, except in rare and extenuating circumstances
- determine a flexible school start date
- allow unique alternatives to educator certification for distinctive courses or needs
- adjust instructional minutes and school-day length
- implement a local teacher and administrator appraisal system
Districts are not exempt from statutes that address curriculum, assessment and graduation requirements as well as academic and financial accountability.
The proposed plan is posted online until November 30, at which time any feedback submitted will be examined and discussed at the DLT’s December 5 public meeting. Once a draft is finalized, the plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the December 13 regular meeting, followed by a possible vote to approve.
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 plan, timeline and FAQ’s are online: http://eanesisd.net/doi.