LHISD District of Innovation

LHISD District of Innovation
Posted on 02/17/2017
LHISD District of Innovation

Liberty Hill Independent School District ~ District of Innovation

What is District of Innovation?

  • The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas’ open-enrollment charter schools.  For more information, please visit:  Districts of Innovation FAQ

The Benefits of DOI:

  • Local control: Districts decide which flexibilities best suit their local needs.
  • Autonomy: Districts must submit a district of innovation plan to the commissioner of education, but approval is not required. 
  • Flexibility: Districts will have the flexibility to implement practices similar to charter schools, including exemptions from mandates.

Liberty Hill District of Innovation include 3 areas:

  • School start date
  • Minimum attendance rule
  • Teacher certification requirements

School Start Date:

  • Statute: Requires a school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August.
  • Proposed: Begin school before the fourth Monday in August.
  • Benefit:  End school before summer sessions begin at area colleges.

Attendance Rule:

  • Statute: requires a student to attend school for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered in order to receive credit.
  • Proposed:  Exemption from minimum attendance (does not alter compulsory attendance requirements).
  • Benefit:  High School students may advance in coursework as measured by mastery; rather than seat time.  
Teacher Certification and Field-Based Experience Requirements:
  • Statute requires all school district teachers be certified in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board for Educator Certification. 
  • Proposed:  Exempt teacher certification requirements for some career and technical teaching positions that are difficult to fill.  
  • Benefit:  Flexibility to hire skilled individuals for hard to fill career and technical education courses. 

What is process is required to adopt an innovation plan?

  • A resolution was adopted at the January 2017 board meeting 
  • A public hearing was held on February 1, 2017 to consider whether the district should develop an innovation plan which was unanimously passed
  • A committee was appointed to develop a plan
  • The plan is under a 30 day public review.  Please send questions/comments to:  Toni Hicks 
  • Notification to the Commissioner of intent to adopt plan
  • Board votes on developed plan at the March 20th board meeting


WHEREAS Education Code 12A.001 provides that a district is eligible for designation as a district of innovation if the district's most recent performance rating under Section 39.054 re­ flects at least acceptable performance, and that consideration of designation as a district of innovation may be initiated by a resolution adopted by the board of trustees of the district; and

WHEREAS the Liberty Hill Independent School District's most recent performance rating un­ der Education Code 39.054 reflects at least acceptable performance .

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board ofTrustees of Liberty Hill Independent School District by adoption of this resolution initiates the process under Education Code Chapter 12A to become a District of Innovation.

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