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Ed Spotlight: DOI (District of Innovation)

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

Districts using DOIs to exempt themselves from the SHAC (current or past):

  • Joshua ISD

  • Aledo ISD

  • Peaster ISD

School districts use legal loopholes to ensure classes have enough teachers



Districts of Innovation: Where's the Innovation? Part 3



Districts of Innovation: Where's the Innovation? Part 2



Districts of Innovation: Where's the Innovation? Part 1



District of Innovation Institute 2016 Forum - David Anderson is Questioned

by Voices Empower


Video Description:

"Texas' District of Innovation (DOI) Initiative is NOT what you think... The latest Reform movement push by Raise Your Hand Texas and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is an initiative called '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.

As exposed in this video, DOI is nothing more than experimentation on Texas students. There is no research and they are just experimenting as noted by Raise Your Hand Texas non-profit lobbyist, David Anderson. It is merely political and does not address the real issues in Texas education that are harming children in the classroom daily.

DOI as stated by Jeffrey Horn seems to be based on this ALEC legislative template: The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act

The gimmick behind this is to say that public schools have their hands tied by unnecessary legislation and regulation and someone (a panel, the state superintendent of education, the state school board, etc.) should be given the power to consider requests. to opt out of certain regulations. As such, those touting it see it (or at least market it) as a liberty issue, pushing back (albeit modestly) against State power.

It begs the question though... If there are regulations or legislation that really ties the hands of schools, why wouldn't a legislature simply repeal that legislation so that all schools are free from the tyranny of the State? Why hand over the decision making power to an executive or to (possibly unelected, unaccountable) board to decide?

There are several concerns with these Districts of Innovation:

* States will hold these "opt outs" of state regs over the heads of districts the same way Obama's US DoED has held NCLB waivers over the heads of districts to force its will (High Stakes Testing, Common Core, etc.)

* It essentially puts entire school districts into a status much like charter schools who's charter can be revoked at the will of the state even for altogether different reasons than the waiver was awarded to address. As such it takes governance of the district away from the locally accountable school board members and moves it toward the State.

* It might allow "modernization" like removing teachers in favor of remote teachers or computers or awarding students for work they do at local businesses with skill badges. It may allow for waivers from grades at all in favor of badges.

* It might (as I understand the impetus in Wisconsin) allow districts to combine with neighboring districts into "Super Districts" or "Regions" to reduce administrative overhead and other infrastructure costs. This again removing local control away from individual schools and districts to a remote governing body or administrative unit. This all in the name of "efficiency" and "saving the state money it needs to dole out to support all those administrators."

* This seems to be touted from the Left as a way to help public schools "compete" on a fairer playing ground with charters and voucher programs.

I would concur that DOI and ESAs are ways to dismantle traditional public schools in favor of charter like structures (public private partnerships) that will be forced to generate student data for corporate profit and State control.

- Jeffrey Horn"

School Choice/Districts of Innovation (DOI) and the shift...

by Voices Empower


Lewisville ISD DOI Public Comment

by Voices Empower


Lewisville ISD Parent Testimony Against DOI

by Voices Empower


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