Who Got AMPED?

The folks at Catalyst have listed the new schools that have beem AMPED: 18 more schools
granted autonomy
, and Which ones made it.   According to  CPS, there's an event today at 11:30  that will tell us all more about it.  (See below).

CPS Cuts More Schools Loose from Central Office

18 Schools Added to AMPS Program


WHO: Arne Duncan, CEO, Chicago Public Schools

, Principal, OA
  Thorp Scholastic Academy

Megliola Zaikos
, Coordinator, AMPS

Principals from across the city


Chicago Public Schools gives 18 elementary schools additional autonomy from
central office oversight.


Monday, March 26

11:30 a.m.


OA Thorp Scholastic Academy

6024 W. Warwick Ave.



Chicago public elementary schools will become Autonomous Management
Performance Schools, or AMPS, in the 2007-2008 school year.

AMPS, a designation that went into effect in the 2005-2006 school year,
gives high performing and rapidly improving elementary and high schools
increased autonomy from the district's central office. With the 18 new
elementary school additions, CPS will have 108 AMPS schools.

AMPS rewards schools by giving them more control in several areas,
including school budgets, facilities, and the school's calendar. AMPS is
also designed to attract quality principals looking for increased control,
learn which district services are indispensable to high-performing schools and
focus on schools with greater need.

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  • Aren't there some neighborhood elementary schools that have high levels of poverty that do succeed at getting decent test scores? What do they do that could be emulated? Or are they in unique circumstances?

    Or are test scores just a proxy for poverty and poor children doomed to score poorly on the tests, doomed to not go to college and therefore doomed to whatever careers are left for those without college degrees by the time everything that can be is outsourced or offshored?

    I hope that's not true. In fact, I don't think that's true as there are people who came from truly awful circumstances who have managed to succeed.

  • I don't know much about TFA, but I do know that CPS has a dearth of math and science majors to teach those subjects. It looks like 16% of TFA corps (according to their own web page) are in those subjects.

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