Educational Institutions

Massachusetts Charter Public School Association Inc.

  • Hudson, MA
  • www.masscharterschools.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association is to serve, support, and advocate for Massachusetts charter public schools as they strive to achieve the goals of their charters.

Main Programs

  1. Communities of Practice
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Dr. Marc Kenen

Keywords

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charter schools, education, innovation, MCPSA, MCSA, public school

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EIN

04-3559305

 Number

4467329776

Also Known As

Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Professional Societies, Associations (R03)

Single Organization Support (W11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Recent Accomplishments:Through our advocacy efforts over the last three years, we have significantly increased the number of charter school students statewide, with 27,228 students attending Commonwealth charter schools in 2011, and 34,311 students pre-enrolled for September 2014. In Boston, where the need is greatest, we have increased the number of charter school students from 5,749 attending charter schools in 2011, and 8,625 pre-enrolled for September 2014. We have also secured release of an additional 1000 future seats in Boston.Since 2011 our database of charter school parents more than tripled, now totaling 31,000. We were able to use these supporters to mobilize parents to advocate directly with state officials to increase the cap on charter school seats.MCPSA organized a statewide coalition of charter school supporters consisting of business associations, non-profit advocacy organizations, think tanks and foundations. This coalition provided critical support to our advocacy efforts.MCPSA conducted successful advocacy efforts to convince the Boston Public School district to lease three of their buildings to Boston based charter schools. These are the first district buildings in Boston to be leased to charter schools.During FY15 - FY17 we envision an Association that has an enhanced capacity to lead and protect the MA charter school movement, with work that focuses on three key areas: growth of the charter school sector, quality of the charter school sector, and the impact of the charter sector on public education. Our members feel these areas represent the primary challenges and opportunities available to the sector. Organization emphasis will include the following activities and initiatives: In order for all children in Massachusetts to have access to high quality public education MCPSA will build increased capacity to advocate for, and support:Fully-funded, high quality, autonomous charter schools;Continued expansion of charter schools to all areas of unmet need in MA;Charter schools that innovate in instructional and operational practices;A robust, high quality charter school accountability system;Implementation of adapted CS models in district schools.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Communities of Practice

MCPSA provides charter school leaders and staff with a growing set of opportunities for professional development, networking and dissemination of best practices. Offerings include: Communities of Practice (COPs), issue-based workshops on pressing instructional and operational topics, and the Charter Knowledge Center intranet. COPs are job-alike groups that provide a critical networking, professional development and dissemination experience for charter school leaders/staff across the State. Learning continues outside of the COPs with targeted issue-based workshops on instructional and operational topics and intranet-based virtual networking and resources. MCPSA's professional development programming has already enhanced collaboration and communication among charter schools through the exchange of best practices, joint problem solving, support with policy implementation and open dissemination.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$250,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

We have successfully obtained a three-year grant from a major funder in the total amount of $2,325,000 to continue our advocacy efforts and are in the process of securing matching funds from other donors. These funds will be used to accomplish all of the goals and objectives listed above.

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MASSACHUSETTS CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Massachusetts Charter Public School Association Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Marc Kenen

BIO

Dr. Kenen founded the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association in 2001. He has thirty years of experience managing and conducting educational research and advocacy and has published research in education policy. Before founding MCPSA, he directed the Student Center for Educational Research and Advocacy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where for seven years he directed research, training, and advocacy on issues of education reform. He received his doctorate in Educational Policy, Research and Administration in 1993 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Marc is the proud parent of four charter school graduates.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The MCPSA is the representative body of all Massachusetts charter public schools. We have been enormously successful mobilizing charter school parents to advocate on behalf of the charter school movement. We laser focus on providing parents the opportunities to become informed and involved. The ability to turnout thousands of demographically diverse parents from all corners of the state is directly responsible for our efficacy. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

President Jed Lippard

Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

Term: July 2011 - June 2015

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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