What are innovation schools?

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An Innovation School (either a conversion of an existing school or a new school) is an in-district public school that can be established by a wide range of applicants, may utilize increased autonomy and flexibility in six areas (curriculum, budget, schedule and calendar, staffing, professional development, and district policies), and is authorized by the local school committee. 

In exchange for increased ownership, discretion, and authority to establish and operate an Innovation School, PLA is held responsible for improving student learning and school performance in accordance with measurable annual goals.  Two goals of establishing these schools are to foster innovation across the state and increase students’ access to excellent educational opportunities – while retaining funding within public school districts.