Remove the red tape that prevents innovation from taking root.
It’s nearly impossible to construct a student-centered system of education within a system of rules and regulations designed for a factory model. Often, policies surrounding funding, assessment, calendars, staffing, reporting, and many other areas impede innovation. Thus, a mechanism for flexibility from state- and district-level policies is needed. States can tackle this in a variety of ways, here are just a few:
- Review statutes and rules and eliminate outdated and unnecessary requirements.
- Identify and eliminate rules that prevent innovative models from being able to be established via the state’s various governance models (public, private, charter, etc.).
- Create a system to allow schools, districts, and even educators to apply for regulatory waivers.
- Create Innovation Zones where approved schools and/or districts can be approved for greater flexibilities from outdated requirements in an effort to innovate.