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District of Innovation

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District of Innovation 
Becoming a District of Innovation (DOI) is a process that involves significant community and staff input before the NISD Board would make an ultimate decision to proceed.
The District of Innovation program is a product of House Bill 1842 from the 84th Legislative Session. DoI status gives traditional school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas' open enrollment charter schools. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan as set forth in Texas Education Code chapter 12A. The plan allows for public school districts to decide which TEA exemptions they would like to pursue as a DOI. Some allowable exemptions include greater flexibility with curriculum, instruction, parent or community involvement, school calendar, budgeting, or other ideas.
NISD could consider options for flexibility in recruiting and retaining career and technical education (CTE) and world language teachers in areas where it struggles to find and keep high quality staff. The district could also consider more school day and calendar flexibility to enrich and enhance instruction.
The Board of Trustees took the initial step in that process by approving a resolution to pursue becoming a District of Innovation during its November 14, 2022, regular meeting. A public hearing is scheduled for December 19, 2022 to allow public input.  If the Board decides to form a District of Innovation (DOI) committee, it could determine that outcome at the December 19, 2022, regularly scheduled board meeting.
Please check the DOI Timeline Link to the right for the steps. 
This page will be updated as more information is available.