Exemptions Under Consideration

  • Uniform Start Date

    The Texas Education Code does not allow school districts to begin school before the fourth Monday of August. This requirement restricts the community from designing a calendar that best meets the needs of students and families.

    How does this impact LISD?

    For the 2017-18 school year, the 4th Monday of August is the 28th. This would require that LISD postpone the last day of school until the week of June 4th. By exempting the district from the Uniform Start Date (4th Monday of August) the annually approved calendar could start earlier depending on the needs and wishes of the entire community.

    Minutes of Instruction

    The Texas Education Code has replaced the requirement of 180 days of instruction with the requirement of at least 75,600 minutes of instruction. However, there are restrictions on how that time is allocated (I.e. Limit on number of early release, professional learning, and workdays allowed) once students start the first day of school.

    How does this impact LISD?

    An exemption from TEC 25.081 would not reduce the minimum of 75,600 minutes of instruction required, but allow the district more flexibility in how those minutes are allocated across the school year. The annually approved calendar could then reflect the needs and wishes of the entire community. 

    Campus Behavior Coordinator

    The Texas Education Code Section  requires each campus to name a single Campus Behavior Coordinator.

    How does this impact LISD?

    An exemption from TEC 37.0012 allows campus principals to delegate discipline duties to the appropriate assistant principals across the campus in recognition of the systems the district has had in place for years. It also recognizes the collaborate approach LISD values in student discipline as families, counselors, and the appropriate administrators work together.

    Probationary Contracts for Experienced Teachers

    The Teacher Education Code  states that a probationary contract may not exceed one year for a person who has been employed as a teacher in public education for at least five of the eight years preceding employment in the district.

    How does this impact LISD?

    In very limited cases, a campus administrator may want to recommend an additional year of probationary contract when such a teacher is showing growth, but not yet at the point of performance that is expected of an LISD teacher on a term contract. The decision to offer a 2nd probationary contract would be contingent on collaboration with the appropriate Employee Services Administrator and approval by the Superintendent.

    Educator Certification for CTE and some Languages Other than English Teachers

    The Texas Education Code outlines numerous provisions for state certification standards for all teachers. The District of Innovation Committee is reviewing possible exemption to ONLY those portions referring to CTE Teachers and LOTE teachers in non-compliance programs. Certified and highly qualified teachers in these areas are occasionally hard to find.

    How does this impact LISD?

    Exemptions to teacher certification requirements in ONLY these two areas allows LISD to pursue otherwise qualified candidates when certified teachers are not available. A campus administrator, after appropriate posting windows and candidate interviews, could recommend for employment a non-certified candidate for employment if there is strong evidence of experience and expertise not limited to a state-issued teaching certificate. The Superintendent must approve the hiring of any teacher not certified under this provision and it is limited to only those circumstances in which a qualified, certified CTE or LOTE teacher is not available. This provision would not apply to LOTE teachers in compliance-based programs.