A hearing on May 28 will be the first major public opportunity for residents to learn more about Houston ISD's plans to pursue a District of Innovation designation as well as submit their own opinions on the matter.

According to HISD officials, the innovation status would be used to allow the district to move the school start date earlier than the fourth Monday in August, hire industry professionals without teaching certifications to teach career and technical courses, and to offer flexibility around minimum attendance requirements.

Speakers must register by 9:30 a.m. May 28 using the district submission form.

The hearing begins at 5 p.m. and will be held virtually. A live stream of the hearing will be broadcast on HISD's cable TV channels as well as through Facebook, Twitter and the HISD website. It will also be recorded for later viewing.

In addition to the public hearing, the district will form a committee to develop its formal DOI plan and will consult with the district advisory committee. The DOI plan is subject to a final board vote and if approved, it would take effect in the 2021-22 school year.