Districts of Innovation

Published: 5/12/2023 10:43 AM

KRS 156.108 and KRS 160.107 (House Bill 37, enacted 2012) provide Kentucky public school districts the opportunity to apply to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to be exempt from certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions, as well as waiving local board policy, in an effort to improve the learning of students. By re-thinking what a school might look like, districts will be able to redesign student learning in an effort to engage and motivate more students and increase the numbers of those who are college- and career-ready.

In November of 2018 revisions were made to 701 KAR 5:140, the administrative regulation that governs Districts of Innovation. These revisions included changes to some timelines and a new set of guidelines that allows districts to apply for innovation status for single schools and/or groups of schools. Links are provided to access information regarding Districts of Innovation, the application, and scoring rubric. Applications must be submitted no later than 90 days prior to implementation.​​

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Steven Kissinger
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Innovation
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4201
Fax (502) 564-8149
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