District of Innovation
The Albany Independent School District Board of Trustees is exploring the option of becoming designated as a District of Innovation. Discussion over developing a Makerspace Lab in the district lead to move forward with a District of Innovation concept. The District of Innovation concept was passed into law by the 84th Legislature (2015) through House Bill 1842, which was codified in Texas Education Code Chapter 12A. The designation allows school districts to access many of the same options that are currently available to charter schools. In order to seek the designation, a school district must have an accountability rating of met standard. For more information on what the designation means to a school district, along with resources available at the Texas Education Agencyand the Texas Association of School Boards.