McKinney ISD OKs resolution to become a District of Innovation at meeting Tuesday

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The McKinney ISD board of trustees approved a resolution to become a District of Innovation during a board meeting Nov. 14. The designation gives the district more local control and increased freedom and flexibility, according to district documents.

A DOI is a Texas Education Agency-sanctioned designation for public school districts that exempts districts from certain state education laws. A DOI could choose to hire industry professionals to teach certain subjects, raise class-size caps, lower mandatory attendance rates and use unique instruction methods. The thought is that with fewer restrictions, districts could pursue more innovative practices.

The district will hold a public hearing before Dec. 14 to consider whether the district should develop a local innovation plan. Within 30 days of the public hearing, the board of trustees will appoint a committee to develop the plan or decline to pursue the designation as a DOI.

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Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.

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