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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