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District of Innovation

In the spring of 2015, during the 84th Texas legislative session, House Bill 1842 (HB 1842) was passed.  The bill affords Texas public school districts the opportunity to become a “District of Innovation.” A District of Innovation allows for traditional independent school districts to have most of the flexibilities available to Texas' open enrollment charter schools.


By becoming a District of Innovation, a school district can:

  • Exercise greater local control over decisions impacting instructional models for students;
  • Experience increased flexibility with regards to state accountability and mandates; and,
  • Develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning


To become a District of Innovation, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Texas Education Code chapter 12A. On November 13, 2017, San Felipe Del Rio CISD Board of Trustees took the first step in becoming a District of Innovation by adopting a resolution; and on December 18, 2017 appointed the SFDRCISD District of Innovation Advisory Committee to develop a local innovation plan for the District.


The 18-member Committee met on January 23, January 30, and February 6, 2018 to discuss the process and draft a Local Innovation Plan. The SFDRCISD District of Innovation Advisory Committee will conduct a Public Meeting to consider and approve the final version of the 2018 – 2023 San Felipe Del Rio CISD District of Innovation Plan on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Performance Center and Administration Building.