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Innovation Schools

The Innovation Schools Act provides a pathway for schools and districts to obtain greater individual school autonomy and managerial flexibility in order to implement diverse approaches to learning.  The Act allows schools greater control over matters such as educational programming, personnel selection and evaluation, calendars and scheduling, and budgeting. Under the Act, a public school or group of public schools may submit an innovation plan to a local board of education outlining the innovative practices the school or schools intend to implement and identifying the state laws or rules and local policies that the school(s) seek to waive. Once approved by a local board of education, the district submits the innovation plans and waiver requests to the Colorado State Board of Education for approval.

The Schools of Choice Office works to inform boards, districts, schools and individuals about process of applying to be an innovation school or zone.  The department also monitors the performance of innovation schools and produces an annual report for the legislature.

Data and Statistics

Annual Reports

Submitting an Innovation Plan


Office Contacts:

Elizabeth Anzalone, Senior Policy Consultant

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