Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing the Designation of School Divisions of Innovation [8 VAC 20 ‑ 760]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The purpose of this regulatory action is to establish a procedure for school divisions to be designated as a School Division of Innovation and develop creative alternatives to instructional and administrative practices or school structures to improve student learning and educational performance. These regulations will specify the procedure and timeline for SDI designation, and will need to specify any limitations on releases from regulations that may be granted in conjunction with an SDI designation.
State Authority The Board of Education’s regulatory authority is established in § 22.1-16 of the Code of Virginia: “The Board of Education may adopt bylaws for its own government and promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out its powers and duties an
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation The intent of this proposed action is to adopt a new regulation for the designation of School Divisions of Innovation (SDI) in which the local school board shall, pursuant to a plan of innovation, be exempted from selected regulatory provisions and be permitted to adopt alternative policies for school administrators, teachers, and staff to meet the diverse needs of students. The proposed regulation will establish the SDI designation process and timeline, expectations for a plan of innovation, procedures for ongoing evaluation of an SDI, and regulations that may be waived in conjunction with an SDI application.
Meetings See all meetings (1) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jim Chapman  / Director of Board Relations
Address: James Monroe Bldg.
101 N. 14th St., 25th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)750-8750    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
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Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Regulations Governing the Designation of School Divisions of Innovation Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/19/2019.