During July 2016, Superintendent Sharon McKinney began researching the District of Innovation designation created under House Bill 1842. PAISD School Board Members also attended workshops about becoming a District of Innovation at their annual conference in September 2016.
The Texas Education Agency website posted the names of school districts who had completed the process to become a District of Innovation:
http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/General_Information/Innovation/Districts_of_Innovation/. Superintendent McKinney reviewed the plans submitted by the districts, looking for exemptions to the Texas Education Code that would assist the district in reaching its goals.