District of Innovation

  • The District of Innovation (DOI) is a concept passed by the 84th Texas Legislature through House Bill (HB) 1842 that gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to open enrollment charter schools, including exemption from many requirements mandated in the Texas Education Code.

    As a District of Innovation, Gainesville ISD will have:

    > Greater local control as the decision makers over the educational and instructional model for students;

    > Increased freedom and flexibility, with accountability, relative to state mandates that govern educational programming; and

    > Power to innovate and think differently.

    HB 1842 does not allow for exemptions from statutes, including curriculum and graduation requirements or academic and financial accountability.

    The initial plan was effective from February 2017 - February 2022. The District of Innovation proposed renewal was presented at the January 2022 Board of Trustees meeting and later approved at the February 2022 meeting. The new plan is in effect from February 28, 2022 - February 28, 2027.