It has been exciting to see Denver Public Schools leadership so enthusiastic about the promise of the Empowerment Zone model that they are considering launching their own call for Zones and re-fashioning the district’s theory of action to reflect a ‘schools as the unit of change’- a central tenet of Zone, and Empower Schools theory.
One of the most interesting developments in Indianapolis has been the creation of Innovation Network Schools. These schools are district schools that are exempt from the same laws and regulations as charters and operate outside of union contracts.
We previously discussed an Indiana law which allows for the creation of new “innovation schools.” These are autonomous public schools contracted by the School Board to operate independently but as part of the school district. Recently, the first innovation school