A struggling New Orleans school that reopened as a charter four years ago now ranks among the best open-enrollment public charter schools in the area. Educators and administrators say the success of the Sophie B. Wright Charter School is partly based on the new-found autonomy of the school's same principal and staff, who can quickly tailor the curriculum and programs to meet the specific needs of the students. "We're able to control our own destiny," one longtime staff member said. "After all these years, you can finally see something being done."

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