Owensboro wants school innovations approved

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Owensboro Public Schools hopes to become a state-approved District of Innovation.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the designation would allow the district to break rules in the hopes that innovative changes will increase student achievement.

The plan includes designating a master teacher to act as a dedicated learning coach to a group of sixth-graders for at least five years and ideally through graduation in 2020.

Students would have more flexible instruction with the freedom to spend school hours working on a supervised project elsewhere in the community.

Select elementary schools would shift to a half-day instruction model with reading and math in the morning and innovation labs in the afternoon.

Administrators should know by midsummer whether the plan is approved.

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