District of Innovation

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August 10, 2020

The Abernathy Independent School District Board of Trustees has approved an Amendment to the District of Innovation Plan

 Abernathy ISD has asked for flexibility in the following areas:

  • Uniform Group Coverage Program for School Employees

April 12, 2017

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:

  • Uniform School Start/End Date
  • Teacher Certification Requirements
  • Class Size Requirement
  • Designation of Campus Behavior Coordinator
  • Minimum Attendance for Class Credit
Click here to view the approved Abernathy ISD District of Innovation Plan.
Click here to see the timeline of events.
For more information regarding Districts of Innovation, please refer to the links below:

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.