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.