In an effort to personalize Fort Bend ISD’s approach to student learning, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pursue a District of Innovation Designation following a public hearing on November 14. Following the November 14 action and in accordance with rules established by the Texas Education Agency, a Local Innovation Committee has been established to explore creative and innovative ways the District can better meet student needs. Prior to the Board’s action, both FBISD administrators and trustees stressed that the committee, made up of various stakeholders, will drive the creation of a Local Innovation Plan.
Established by the 84th Texas Legislature, the DOI concept provides local communities the opportunity to decide how they can best deliver their District’s goals – moving away from mandated compliance to innovative possibilities. While many Texas plans have included exemptions from the mandatory school start date, the length of the school day and class-size ratios, Fort Bend ISD administrators and trustees have stressed that outcomes of the process have not been predetermined. The District is also committed to transparency and collaboration in the process.
Each member of the Board of Trustees has appointed three representatives to the Local Innovation Committee, with the superintendent appointing nine. The committee is comprised of various stakeholder groups, who will also consider input from a community survey. Following the creation of a Local Innovation Plan, there will be opportunities for public input.
In order to become a District of Innovation, the District’s Academic Advisory Council, or AAC, would have to hold a public meeting and approve the Local Innovation Plan by a majority vote. Following AAC approval, the plan would then be presented to the Board of Trustees in another public meeting, with approval subject to a two-thirds majority vote.
The current timeline has the Committee beginning its work in December, with possibility of Board action during the spring semester.
Fort Bend ISD will keep all parents and staff members informed as public hearing dates are finalized. In the meantime, the community is invited to stay informed about the Local Innovation Committee’s work by reviewing agendas and minutes.
Updates will be posted on this webpage following each committee meeting.