by Evan Marczynski, Community Impact Newspaper
Year Published: January 2017
"The exemption most sought by DOI districts involves a section of the code that mandates the first day of classroom instruction each school year, which cannot begin before the fourth Monday in August. Districts also sought exemption from laws that require teachers to hold appropriate certification, enforce class-size limits and provide 180 days of classroom instruction each school year, according to the analysis. DOI districts and supporters say the system offers operating flexibility and gives public school districts capabilities that were previously only available to charter schools." Read the full article.