LovejoyIndependent School District

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District of Innovation

DISTRICT OF INNOVATION PLAN

Under the Texas Education Code Chapter 12A: Districts of Innovation, Lovejoy ISD has identified the following requirements imposed by the Texas Education Code which inhibit the goals of the Lovejoy ISD District of Innovation Plan:

 

FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION

 

Texas Education Code: 

Sec. 25.0811. FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION

 

“A school district may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August.”

 

Board Policy EB: School Year

 

EB (LEGAL) 

EB (LOCAL) 

 

Rationale:

Lovejoy ISD believes the local community should decide what is best for its students in setting the first day of instruction. By claiming exemption from Sec. 25.0811, the district shall determine the first day of instruction for its students on an annual basis with input from stakeholders. Regardless of whether any adjustments or changes are made to the current start date law, Lovejoy ISD believes this issue to be a local decision as opposed to a state mandate.

 

 

CERTIFICATION

 

Texas Education Code:

Sec. 21.003. CERTIFICATION REQUIRED 

 

“A person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued.”

 

Sec. 21.044.  EDUCATOR PREPARATION

 

Sec. 21.053.  PRESENTATION AND RECORDING OF CERTIFICATES

 

Sec. 21.055.  SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHING PERMIT

 

Sec. 21.057.  PARENTAL NOTIFICATION

 

 

Board Policy DBA: Employment Requirements and Restrictions Credentials and Records  

 

DBA (LEGAL)

DBA (LOCAL)

 

 

Board Policy DK: Assignment and Schedules

 

DK (LEGAL) 

DK (LOCAL) 

DK (EXHIBIT)

 

Rationale:

Lovejoy ISD believes school district leadership should decide what is best for its students in determining the candidate best suited to teach career and technical education (CTE) courses; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses; dual credit coursework; etc. By claiming exemption from Sec. 21.044 the district shall have the right to recruit individuals from certain trades, industries, and vocations with industry knowledge and real world experience, and consider qualifications based on experience, industry certification, etc. District leadership including principals, CTE administrators, human resource department members, etc. shall determine whether it is in the best interest of its students to certify individuals based on these factors rather than appeal to the Commissioner of Education as stated in Sec. 21.055. Further, the district shall establish local criteria for training and locally certifying individuals rather than adhere strictly to mandates outlined in Sec. 21.053. In doing so, parental notification of “inappropriately certified or uncertified teachers” under Sec. 21.057 would no longer be necessary. Regardless of whether any adjustments or changes are made to the certification laws, Lovejoy ISD believes this issue to be a local decision as opposed to a state mandate. 

 

  

 

MINIMUM ATTENDANCE FOR CLASS CREDIT OR FINAL GRADE

 

Texas Education Code:

Sec. 25.092.  MINIMUM ATTENDANCE FOR CLASS CREDIT OR FINAL GRADE 

  

“A student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.”

 

Board Policy FEC: Attendance for Credit 

 

FEC (LEGAL) 

FEC (LOCAL) 

 

Rationale:

Lovejoy ISD believes 90% is an arbitrary percentage emphasizing “seat time” over content mastery. By claiming exemption from Sec. 25.092, the district can abstain from penalizing students who miss class time due to extra- and co-curricular activities, academic activities, and/or other extenuating circumstances, enabling the district to accommodate students with legitimate scheduling conflicts while reducing dropouts and increasing the number of qualifying graduates. Note that relief from Sec. 25.092 does not in any way impact or alter existing compulsory attendance requirements or University Interscholastic League (UIL) rules. Furthermore, in no way does this exemption limit a teacher's right to determine the finality of a grade in accordance with Texas Education Code Sec. 28.214 nor does it restrict or alter a teacher's right to assign grades in accordance with Texas Education Code Sec. 28.216. Regardless of whether any adjustments or changes are made to the minimum attendance for class credit or final grade laws, Lovejoy ISD believes this issue to be a local decision as opposed to a state mandate.