Plan created by committee of teachers, students and community members includes
exemptions related to school calendar, teacher certification and “90 percent
FORT BEND ISD (February 10, 2017) – Fort Bend ISD is seeking
public comment on its Local Innovation Plan as it moves forward with the
process to become a District of Innovation. The District of Innovation concept,
established by the 84th Texas Legislature, gives local communities
the opportunity to decide how they can best deliver the District’s goals by
accessing most of the flexibilities that are already available to Texas’
open-enrollment charter schools. In order to become a District of Innovation, districts
must adopt a Local Innovation Plan that identifies innovative ways the District
can better serve its students by exempting itself from certain state mandates.
“We are excited and proud of the Local Innovation
Committee’s work, as we believe the proposed Local Innovation Plan will open
the door to flexibilities we do not have under the current Texas Education Code.
These flexibilities will allow us to better serve our students and our
community by making decisions at the local level,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, Fort
Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools.
The Local Innovation Plan developed and drafted by the Local
Innovation Committee proposes flexibilities from state mandates in three areas,
and identifies innovative ways Fort Bend ISD students would benefit. A meeting
will be held on February 21, 2017 so that the community can learn more about
the Local Innovation Plan. The meeting will be held at the FBISD Administrative
Annex at 3119 Sweetwater Blvd., from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The three areas identified in Fort Bend ISD’s Local
Innovation Plan include:
- School Calendar
- Teacher Certification
- Minimum Attendance for Class Credit or Final
Grade – 90 percent rule
The committee, comprised of students, teachers, principals,
administrators and community members began meeting in December to explore ways
Fort Bend ISD could use the DOI concept to have more local control in the
decision-making process. An external K12 Insight consultant and outside legal
counsel facilitated the work of the committee.
Together, the Local Innovation Committee developed a Local Innovation
Plan, which was approved by the District’s Academic Advisory Council on
“Prior to the vote, members of the AAC asked several great
questions about the development of the plan, and how it could potentially
impact students and staff members,” said Beth Martinez, FBISD Chief of Staff
and Strategic Planning.
“It is important for the community to understand that the
Local Innovation Plan is just the beginning of this process. With the exception
of the mandatory school start date, other exemptions included in the plan would
require significant planning and policy revisions prior to implementation,
after the 2017-18 school year. This decision-making will involve stakeholders
that could be impacted, and ultimately, policy revisions would require Board
In accordance with rules established by the Texas Education
Agency, the FBISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in October of 2016 to
initiate the District of Innovation process, followed by a public hearing and
the creation of a Local Innovation Committee in November.
Following approval by the Academic Advisory Council, the
Local Innovation Plan is now posted online for a 30-day public comment period
(February 10, 2017 – March 11, 2017) prior to consideration by the FBISD Board