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Innovative School Districts Seek Greater Flexibility Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others.
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A new legislative proposal could let officials at certain school districts use greater discretion to devise creative strategies for their students rather than wait for permission from state bureaucrats. House bills 6314 and 6315, sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, would create the legal framework for a “public innovation district.” Any school district could apply to the state superintendent to obtain this status. The designation, good for five years at a time, would give district leaders more freedom to operate year-round or outside the traditional school setting and craft different ways to measure student learning. To get this freedom now, districts typically have to wait for the Michigan Department of Education to approve a waiver request. "Over the years, I've seen where waiver after waiver, year and year, is requested of the Department of Ed and I'm tired of seeing districts have to go through this mother-may-I process every year," Kelly said at the Sept. 6 committee meeting, according to MIRS News. Kelly is the chair of the House Education Reform Committee.

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