Promise of autonomy inspires Chicago educators

03/26/2007 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Next fall, 108 Chicago schools with above-average test scores, attendance rates and fiscal management will get a taste of the academic freedom enjoyed by charter schools, under a program dating to 2005 designed to reward success and not just punish failure. "They are finally recognizing that we are professionals and we know what we are doing," said Ruth Garcia, principal of the successful Zapata Academy, most of whose students come from low-income homes.

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