SB 1241

84(R) - 2015
Senate Education
Senate Education
Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Larry Taylor

Bill Caption

Relating to authority of school districts, home-rule school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools to establish innovation zones and the authority of school districts to obtain designation as districts of innovation.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Local Government Impact

No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated. It is assumed that there would be costs to participate in the program, but these costs would vary and participation would be voluntary.

Bill Analysis

SB 1241 would allow public school districts to create multi-campus innovation zones, which may include campuses from multiple districts or open-enrollment charter schools. The bill would set forth the procedures for requesting and establishing the innovation zones, the appropriate standards for the zones, and the approval process by the commissioner. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill would affirm the principle of a free market. School district innovation zones allow public schools more flexibility from bureaucratic requirements, similar to charter schools, in order to explore new ways of teaching and learning in hopes to gain higher level of achievements. School districts feel that they need to compete with charter schools, so allowing innovation zones may lead to competition among schools, which hopefully, will result in higher quality schools, therefore we support SB 1241.