District of Innovation

Garland ISD has met all of the process requirements outlined by the TEA and the Commissioner of Education to receive the designation as a District of Innovation.

The local Innovation Plan was developed and approved by the Local Innovation Committee (District Educational Improvement Council) on April 5, 2017.

Our innovation plan was then approved by the Garland ISD Board of Trustees on April 11, 2017.


An innovation plan allows our district to:

  • gain greater local control in decision-making to benefit our students and staff
  • have increased autonomy from state mandates that govern educational programming
  • be empowered to innovate

We have the flexibility to implement practices similar to charter schools, including exemptions from mandates such as:

  • school start date
  • 90% attendance rule
  • required minutes

Districts are not exempt from statutes that address curriculum, assessment and graduation requirements nor are they exempt from academic and financial accountability.

Plan term

The plan has a term of five years, and it may be amended, rescinded, or renewed. An amendment to an approved plan does not change the date of the term of designation as a District of Innovation, and exemptions that were already formally approved need not be reviewed.

Additional information about District of Innovation and a list of current Districts of Innovation can be accessed at the Texas Education Agency website.