Houston ISD plans longer school year under ‘District of Innovation’ plan: How do you feel about the new calendar?

The Houston Independent School District is planning a longer school year following the approval of 'District of Innovation' designation (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Your family’s summer plans may have to change next year if your child is in the Houston Independent School District.

The Houston ISD board of managers on Thursday night unanimously approved the ‘District of Innovation’ plan that Superintendent Mike Miles says will “accelerate” their work to support kids.

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One of the biggest changes involves the length of the school year. The DOI designation allows the district to lengthen the school year and send kids back to class earlier than usual in August.

Houston ISD plans to propose the 2024-2025 school year go from 172 instruction days to 185 instructional days. Classes would start no earlier than August 7 and no later than August 14.

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Before Thursday’s meeting, Houston ISD was one of the only school systems in Texas without DOI status.

The plan to become a ‘District of Innovation’ was approved by a 61-member District Advisory Committee before it went before the board of managers. That committee is made up of parents, teachers and community members -- some of whom were hand-selected by Superintendent Miles, who stepped into his role earlier this year.

In addition to a longer school year, the five-year DOI strategic plan also gives Houston ISD more flexibility in determining class size and allows administrators to hire teachers without state certifications.

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