Crowley ISD Announces Intent for New District of Innovation PlanAugust 4, 2023
The Crowley Independent School District has completed the process of developing a new District of Innovation Plan after posting the proposed plan on the district website for 30 days for public review and input.
On May 25, 2023, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution to initiate the process to become a District of Innovation.
On June 8, 2023, the Board of Trustees conducted a public hearing to consider whether the district should develop a local innovation plan for the designation of the district as a district of innovation and appointed an Innovation Plan committee to write the plan.
The District of Innovation Plan is also being reviewed by the District-Wide Educational Improvement Council (DWEIC) and a public meeting was held on July 18, 2023 to consider the final version of the proposed and voted unanimously to approve the plan.
The plan was then presented to the Crowley ISD Board of Trustees on July 27, 2023 and the Board took action to unanimously approve the plan.
Click below to view the new District of Innovation Plan and Resolution.
PDF: District of Innovation Plan (Approved July 27, 2023)
PDF: Resolution of the Board of Trustees to Initiate the Process to Become a District of Innovation
Amendments Approved to Previous Crowley ISD's District of Innovation Plan
The Crowley ISD Board of Trustees approved amendments to the district's innovation plan on May 31, 2018. The District of Innovation advisory committee proposed two amendments and the plan was posted online for 30 days beginning April 27, 2018 to allow for public input.
PDF: District of Innovation Plan (approved March 30, 2017)
PDF: Amendments to the District of Innovation Plan (approved May 31, 2018)
PDF: Amendments to the District of Innovation Plan (Approved May 27, 2021)
What is a 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. To access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in the Texas Education Code chapter 12A.Crowley ISD's Exploration ProcessThe Board of Trustees for Crowley ISD chose to explore this opportunity for flexibility to create new opportunities to help us meet our mission of providing students with excellence in education so that all students achieve their full potential.In a resolution passed by the School Board on December 1, 2016, Trustees voted unanimously (6-0) to initiate the process to consider becoming a District of Innovation.An advisory committee appointed by the School Board approved a District of Innovation Plan on February 20, 2017. That plan was posted online for 30 days before going to the School Board for final approval on March 30, 2017.
The advisory committee met April 10, 2018 to review the current plan and proposed the following amendments:
- Teacher Certification and Required Field-Based Experience
- Kindergarten Start Age
The two amendments were also reviewed by DWEIC and posted online on April 27, 2018 for 30 days to allow for input from parents, staff, students and community members.
The two amendments were approved unanimously by the school board on May 31, 2018.TimelineOn this page, you will find the timeline Crowley ISD has laid out along with links to informative presentations, agendas of public meetings, and resources provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).
November 17, 2016 -Board Meeting Presentation December 1, 2016 December 13, 2016 -Superintendent Message December 15, 2016 January 26, 2017 -Members of District of Innovation Advisory Committeee
(Approved by CISD Board of Trustees)
February 6, 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting
February 20, 2017Advisory Committee Meeting March 30, 2017 Board approves District of Innovation Plan April 17, 2017Advisory Committee Meeting April 10, 2018Advisory Committee Meeting
April 27, 2018Proposed amendments posted online for public review May 31, 2018Board approves amendments to District of Innovation Plan April 27, 2021Proposed amendment posted online for public review May 11, 2021 May 13, 2021 Board reviews amendment to District of Innovation Plan May 27, 2021 Board approves amendment to District of Innovation Plan January 13, 2023 Advisory Committee Meeting Januuary 23, 2023 Proposed District of Innovation Renewal posted online for public review.