EHBJ(LEGAL) - SPECIAL PROGRAMS: INNOVATIVE AND MAGNET PROGRAMS
A district may offer innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum. Applications shall not be approved if the proposed course significantly duplicates the content of a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-based course or can reasonably be taught within an existing TEKS-based course.
To request approval for an innovative course from the State Board of Education or the commissioner, a district or organization must submit a request for approval at least six months before planned implementation. The request must address the elements listed at 19 Administrative Code 74.27(a)(4).
To request approval from the commissioner for a career and technical education innovative course, the applying school district or organization must submit with its request for approval evidence that the course is aligned with state and/or regional labor market data.
With the approval of the board, a district may offer, without modifications, any state-approved innovative course.
19 TAC 74.27(a)
Magnet Schools or Programs
A district may operate a magnet program, academy, or other innovative program to serve student populations with specialized interests and aptitudes. 19 TAC 74.22(b)