Crowley ISD School Board Approves Amendment to District of Innovation PlanMay 27, 2021The Board of Trustees has approved an amendment to its District of Innovation Plan after the proposed amendment was posted here on the district website for 30 days for public review and input.Through the amendment, the district will seek to obtain broader exemption from T.E.C. §22.004(i), which precludes a school district from providing an alternative uniform group health coverage program after the stchool district implements coverages under Chapter 1579.The amendment will allow the district to offer additional health benefits options to employees and to increase local control of the group health benefits plan to allow the district to be responsive to employee and community needs.The amendment was also reviewed by the committee at its meeting on May 11, 2021 and then at the CISD Board of Trustees meeting on May 13, 2021 before action was taken at the May 27, 2021 School Board meeting.
Amendments Approved to 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 Innonvation 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