The purpose of the designation of innovative districts is to allow up to ten percent of the state's school districts, at any one time, to opt out of most state laws and rules and regulations in order to improve student achievement.
House Bill 2319 authorizes a process where a local board of education may apply for authority to operate as a "public innovative district." The bill limits the number of public innovative districts to no more than ten percent of the state's school districts at any time. In preparation for applying for Innovative District status, the applicant should carefully read House Bill 2319.
In order to apply to become an Innovative District, the applicant should determine what state laws, rules, and/or regulations the district is requesting to be exempt from in order to achieve Innovative District status.
The deadline for this application is Sunday, December 1, 2013. Applications must be received at the Governor's office in Topeka by the date in order to be eligible for review. It is suggested that applicants submit an original and five copies of the application.
Coalition of Innovative Districts PowerPoint (PDF)
Coalition of Innovative Districts Application (PDF)