March 2019 update: On November 13, 2018, the Kentucky Board of Education approved amendements to 701 KAR 5:140, which establishes the requirements and approval process for the Districts of Innovation program. KDE's Division of Innovation is putting together updated program information, which will be available in the next few weeks.
KRS 156.108 and 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 5140, 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.
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Innovation
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax (502) 564-8149