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Update: More information posted online about KDE’s plans for reviewing “Districts of Innovation” proposals starting in March

From the Kentucky Department of Education

Staff of the Kentucky Department of Education have posted several new documents to the Districts of Innovation Web page at the following link:  http://education.ky.gov/school/innov/Pages/default.aspx

New to the site are the TENTATIVE regulation, application and application scoring rubric. Please remember that these documents are TENTATIVE, pending approval of the regulation by the appropriate legislative committees.

Here is a timeline for that approval:

·        December 2012                      Public comment period on regulation

·        January or February 2013     Regulation presented to the Administrative Regulation
                                                   Review Subcommittees                

·        March 2013                           Regulation presented to the House and Senate Education
                                                 Committees

·        March 2013                           Earliest estimate of regulation becoming law

During this time, districts are free to begin the development of their application for District of Innovation status using the resources on the website. The Division of Innovation and Partner Engagement will regularly be adding additional resources to the website to assist you in the development of your applications. We also plan to schedule online technical assistance sessions after the first of the calendar year. 

We will not be able to accept applications for the 2013-2014 school year until the regulation becomes law. We will, however, be available for guidance throughout the next several months. 

Please do not hesitate to contact David Cook david.cook@education.ky.gov or Jocelyn Mills jocelyn.mills@education.ky.gov at 502-564-4201 if you have additional questions.