More than 60 Texas school districts have approved district of innovation, or DOI, plans in the two years since state lawmakers passed legislation creating the new system, which allows districts to exempt themselves from portions of the Texas Education Code. Together, those DOI plans identify more than 50 sections of the state’s education code as targets for exemption, according to a Community Impact Newspaper analysis. Districts that have sought to attain DOI designations have lauded the chance for more flexibility in hiring and scheduling practices. But critics such as the Texas State Teachers Association have criticized the DOI concept as too […]
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