Principals who decide by July 1 to participate in the district’s new Autonomous Management and Performance Schools (AMPS) program will have the power to:

Report directly to central office rather than an area instructional officer.

Select curriculum that is not listed on the district’s approved lists for reading, math and science.

Create their own new-teacher induction program.

Manage finances with little or no central office approval.

Oversee building maintenance projects and the hiring of contractors.

Pick alternative topics for district staff development days.

Opt out of some compliance reports, surveys and other paperwork.

Adopt per-pupil budgeting in 2006-07.

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