Senate approves changes by House to Public Schools Districts of Innovation bill.

If Senate Bill 2191 becomes law, school districts will have to initiate the process to start an innovative school, Tollison said.

The bill allows a school district to employ teachers on extended employment contracts or extra duty contracts and compensate them on a salary schedule other than the single salary schedule.

It also allows:

  • Extended school days as appropriate within the district with compensation for the employees as determined locally.
  • Establishment of alternative education programs and services that are delivered in nontraditional hours and which may be jointly provided in cooperation with another school district or consortia of districts.
  • Establishment of online classes within the district for delivering alternative classes in a blended environment to meet high school graduation requirements.
  • Use of a flexible school calendar.
  • Converting existing schools into schools of innovation.

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