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Table 2.
AMPS Autonomies
Number of Schools
Autonomy(Percent of 73)
New Teacher Induction Program. Option allowed schools to opt out of the 32 (44%) 
district's teacher induction program, design their own program, and  
receive $800 per new teacher.  
School Calendar. Option allowed schools to organize their school year 32 (44%) 
calendar, with flexibility in determining the opening and closing of  
the school year and dates of professional development days.  
Out of Area. Option allowed schools to opt out of their Area Instructional 34 (47%) 
Office (AIO). While schools lost access to area staff, coaches, and  
professional development, they were not required to hold walkthroughs  
with the area team and the principal did not have to attend area principal  
meetings.  
Restructured Day Calendar. Option allowed schools to choose their own 38 (52%) 
quarterly professional development days while non-AMPS schools  
were required to follow a schedule of half-days, known as  
restructured days.  
Self-Directed Status. Option granted schools responsibility for school 39 (53%) 
operations and maintenance, such as contracting vendors directly  
instead of going through the district and area office.  
Curriculum. Option allowed schools to opt out of district curriculum 47 (64%) 
initiatives and to use more innovative and untraditional programs, for  
which the AMPS office would provide additional financial support for new  
curriculum materials or additional professional development/training  
around the curriculum.  
After-School Counts. Option provided schools with greater flexibility in 51 (70%) 
the hours, course content, and budget allocation for after-school  
programming (AMPS schools received no additional funding but could  
re-allocate existing funds to after-school programming).  
School Improvement Plan. Option allowed schools to manage the planning 54 (74%) 
process (all Illinois schools are required to submit a plan to the state  
board of education) without area oversight and review while completing  
a shorter document.  
Attendance Plan. Option enabled schools to design their own plan to 55 (75%) 
improve/increase student attendance instead of following the  
district's plan.  
Budget Transfers. Option allowed schools to transfer money across line items 60 (82%) 
without having their budgets reviewed by or requiring approval from  
the local area office.  
Number of Schools
Autonomy(Percent of 73)
New Teacher Induction Program. Option allowed schools to opt out of the 32 (44%) 
district's teacher induction program, design their own program, and  
receive $800 per new teacher.  
School Calendar. Option allowed schools to organize their school year 32 (44%) 
calendar, with flexibility in determining the opening and closing of  
the school year and dates of professional development days.  
Out of Area. Option allowed schools to opt out of their Area Instructional 34 (47%) 
Office (AIO). While schools lost access to area staff, coaches, and  
professional development, they were not required to hold walkthroughs  
with the area team and the principal did not have to attend area principal  
meetings.  
Restructured Day Calendar. Option allowed schools to choose their own 38 (52%) 
quarterly professional development days while non-AMPS schools  
were required to follow a schedule of half-days, known as  
restructured days.  
Self-Directed Status. Option granted schools responsibility for school 39 (53%) 
operations and maintenance, such as contracting vendors directly  
instead of going through the district and area office.  
Curriculum. Option allowed schools to opt out of district curriculum 47 (64%) 
initiatives and to use more innovative and untraditional programs, for  
which the AMPS office would provide additional financial support for new  
curriculum materials or additional professional development/training  
around the curriculum.  
After-School Counts. Option provided schools with greater flexibility in 51 (70%) 
the hours, course content, and budget allocation for after-school  
programming (AMPS schools received no additional funding but could  
re-allocate existing funds to after-school programming).  
School Improvement Plan. Option allowed schools to manage the planning 54 (74%) 
process (all Illinois schools are required to submit a plan to the state  
board of education) without area oversight and review while completing  
a shorter document.  
Attendance Plan. Option enabled schools to design their own plan to 55 (75%) 
improve/increase student attendance instead of following the  
district's plan.  
Budget Transfers. Option allowed schools to transfer money across line items 60 (82%) 
without having their budgets reviewed by or requiring approval from  
the local area office.  

Notes: Author's calculations from data provided by AMPS office. Of the 73 Cohort 1 AMPS schools, five schools did not choose any of the ten autonomies.

Source:Elmore, Grossman, and King 2006; author's conversation with Anthony Jelinek, 12 April 2011.

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