TSTA files grievance against ECISD District of Innovation

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ECTOR COUNTY -- The Texas State Teachers Association filed a grievance against Ector County ISD's District of Innovation on Thursday.

The Association wants to nullify the District of Innovation designation approved by the district's school board on April 11.

The TSTA sent out the following release Thursday morning:

The grievance, filed by TSTA General Counsel Russell Ramirez on behalf of Ector County TSTA/NEA, the local TSTA affiliate, said the district violated provisions of the Texas Education Code in developing the District of Innovation plan, which would allow Ector County ISD to begin the next semester earlier than state law allows.

It also would exempt the district from some education standards, including certification requirements for some teachers.

The Texas Education Code requires that two-thirds of the professional staff members on the district-level committee that advanced the plan to the board must be classroom teachers. The 76-member district-level committee in Ector County ISD included only 33 classroom teachers, fewer than half.

The grievance also noted the teacher representatives on the committee were not nominated or elected in the manner required by state law.

TSTA asked the Ector County school board to nullify the District of Innovation plan and requested a hearing on the issues raised in the grievance.