District of Innovation Plan (HB1842)
During the 84th Legislative Session, HB 1842 was passed in order to provide more local control in certain areas. HB 1842 allows a traditional public school to utilize the exemptions in Education Law that charter schools currently utilize. We feel this is a great opportunity for our local district to create a plan based on the needs of our students and community that will remain in effect for the next five years (2017-2022).
Jourdanton ISD took the first step in exploring this opportunity when the JISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution initiating the process in February 2017. The Board then held a public hearing to consider whether the district should develop an innovation plan, at which time the Board decided to move forward in the process. A committee was appointed to develop an innovation plan. The committee created a district of innovation plan. The plan then will be posted on-line for at least 30 days.
The Jourdanton ISD Innovation Plan was adopted ______________. The term for this plan is for five years unless amended or terminated earlier by the Board of Trustees in accordance with Texas Law. In the event Jourdanton ISD feels other exemptions would benefit the district, community, and/or students, the Board of Trustees will follow procedures to amend the plan.
District of Innovation Committee Members:
Audra Locke – Parent
Monique Martinez – Parent
Joe Garmon –Teacher/Coach
Rachel Zarosky –Teacher
Justin Holland – Teacher/Coach
Kristen Stofa – Teacher
Martha Gonzales – Teacher
Missy Korus -Counselor
Robert Rutkowski – Principal
Keith Chapman - Principal
Pepper Jo Bauerle- Executive Director of Support Services
District of Innovation Timeline:
February 15, 2017- Board of Trustees approve resolution to develop innovation plan
February 27, 2017 – Board of Trustees hold a public hearing in accordance with the statute/ Board of Trustee give guidance to the Superintendent of whom they would like on the committee.
February 28, 2017 – March 10, 2017-- District of Innovation Committee will meet to construct plan.
March 20, 2017 -- Draft to the Board of Trustee for review
March 21, 2017—Post proposed plan on the district’s website for a minimum of 30 days for all to review. Superintendent notifies the Texas Commissioner of Education of the intention to vote on adoption of proposed plan.
April 24, 2017—District of Innovation committee presents plan in a public hearing. Board of trustees vote to formally approve the innovation plan.
April 25, 2017-- Superintendent gives formal notification to the Texas Commissioner of Education if/when plan is adopted.
Sec. 25.0811. FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION. (a) Except as provided by this section, a school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August.
Innovation Strategy: The current process does not allow flexibility for our school district and what is the best fit for our students, school, and community. With this flexibility of an earlier start date it allows the district to determine locally, on an annual basis, what best meets the needs of our district. Jourdanton ISD would have the ability to create a calendar that could start earlier than the fourth Monday of August but not before the second Monday of August.
Sec. 21.102. PROBATIONARY CONTRACT. (b), a person who is employed as a teacher by a school district for the first time.
(b) A probationary contract may not be for a term exceeding one school year. The probationary contract may be renewed for two additional one-year periods, for a maximum permissible probationary contract period of three school years, except that the probationary period may not exceed one year for a person who has been employed as a teacher in public education for at least five of the eight years preceding employment by the district.
Innovation Strategy: Currently Jourdanton ISD issues a one year probationary contract to experienced teachers, new to the district with five of the last eight years employed in public education. Jourdanton ISD will issue a two year probationary contract to experienced teachers, new to the district with five of the last eight years employed in public education, which would allow Jourdanton ISD to determine locally what best meets the needs of our district.
Sec. 21.055. SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHING PERMIT.
(c) Promptly after employing a person under this section, a school district shall send to the commissioner a written statement identifying the person, the person's qualifications as a teacher, and the subject or class the person will teach. The person may teach the subject or class pending action by the commissioner.
(d) Not later than the 30th day after the date the commissioner receives the statement under Subsection (c), the commissioner may inform the district in writing that the commissioner finds the person is not qualified to teach. The person may not teach if the commissioner finds the person is not qualified. If the commissioner fails to act within the time prescribed by this subsection, the district may issue to the person a school district teaching permit and the person may teach the subject or class identified in the statement.
(d-1) Subsections (b), (c), and (d) do not apply to a person who will teach only noncore academic career and technical education courses. A school district board of trustees may issue a school district teaching permit to a person who will teach courses only in career and technical education based on qualifications certified by the superintendent of the school district. Qualifications must include demonstrated subject matter expertise such as professional work experience, formal training and education, holding an active professional relevant industry license, certification, or registration, or any combination of work experience, training and education, or industry license, certification, or registration, in the subject matter to be taught. The superintendent of the school district shall certify to the board of trustees that a new employee has undergone a criminal background check and is capable of proper classroom management. A school district shall require a new employee to obtain at least 20 hours of classroom management training and to comply with continuing education requirements as determined by the board of trustees. A person may teach a career and technical education course immediately upon issuance of a permit under this subsection. Promptly after employing a person who qualifies under this subsection, the board of trustees shall send to the commissioner a written statement identifying the person, the course the person will teach, and the person's qualifications to teach the course.
(e) A person authorized to teach under this section may not teach in another school district unless that district complies with this section. A school district teaching permit remains valid unless the district issuing the permit revokes it for cause.
The current state teacher certification requirements could potentially inhibit the District's ability to hire teachers to teach specialized Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. In order to enable more students to obtain the educational benefit of specialized CTE course offerings, the District will establish its own local qualification requirements and its own requirements for training of professionals and experts to teach such courses in lieu of the certification requirements set forth in law. A list of these course is available upon request.