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Districts of Innovation


The mission of Districts of Innovation is to better prepare students for success in life and work by allowing districts flexibility in structure and implementation for requisite success.


  • Expand learning choices through innovation
  • Enhance learning for all students through innovative instruction
  • Implement rigorous standards
  • Reduce achievement gaps
  • Reduce student remediation post-graduation
  • Increase student engagement for all


Exemptions and Waivers

Districts of Innovation and Schools of Innovation can request exemptions from regulatory areas. Section 2 of the District of Innovation legislation allows for certain exemptions and waivers from standard requirements. This added flexibility offers easier implementation of innovative programs, provided the exemptions and waivers do not violate federal regulations and are approved by the State Board of Education. Note that state assessment requirements are not eligible for waivers. 


Current Districts of Innovation:

Building Bridges Collaborative – Baldwyn School District and Booneville School District Application 2017
Grenada School District Application 2017
Hinds County School District Application 2018
Oxford School District Application 2019
Rankin County School District Application 2020
Tupelo Public School District Application 2020
Corinth School District 2020
Gulfport School District 2020
Kosciusko School District 2020
Harrison County School District 2020


Dr. Lea Johnson

Innovative Programs

David Cress

Innovative Programs