The Abernathy Independent School District has worked through the process of becoming a District of Innovation beginning in 2017-18. As outlined in Chapter 12 of the Texas Education Code, districts can become eligible for this distinction if certain performance requirements have been met and that the district follows specific procedures outlined in the statute. Pursuing specific exemptions is left up to each individual school district, which allows more local control to areas that would benefit our students and families instead of a “one size fits all approach.”
Districts selected for this distinction can ask for flexibility and/or exemption from certain sections of the Texas Education Code. Abernathy ISD has asked for flexibility in the following areas:
TEA’s website with information in regards to becoming a District of Innovation:
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) website contains extensive information on the subject matter and also lists districts that have applied for the distinction.