Educational Institutions

Missouri Charter Public School Association

  • St. Louis, MO
  • www.mocharterschools.org

Mission Statement

To improve student achievement by increasing access to high quality charter public education options throughout Missouri.

Main Programs

  1. New School Development
Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Dr. Douglas Thaman

Keywords

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schools, charter school, missouri schools, MCPSA, public schools

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EIN

20-5682973

 Number

3928768821

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Top Accomplishments from 2015: Helped to create the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which can now act as a charter school sponsor.MCPSA held it's most successful conference to date bringing together over 450 charter school leaders, teachers, politicians, and advocates for 3 days of networking and expanding awareness of all aspects of public charter schools.MCPSA worked with several Saint Louis charters to create a common application online where parents could apply to several schools in one place. This will be a huge help to parents when applying for charter schools.Top Goals for 2016: Improve the Quality of Missouri Charter Public Schools. The focus for MCPSA now shifts to building quality across the board among existing schools with universal quality measures grounded in common language. This will involve promoting & sharing best practices, as well as establishing and adhering to expected quality standards. It will also require funding equity for charters and the development of new school leaders.Broaden Support for Public Charter Schools in Missouri. While there has been growing support for public charter schools, not everyone is on the bandwagon. Many people don't understand how charters work, much less the recognize the advantages they bring. A key element in advancing the public charter school movement in the state is increasing awareness of charters and promoting a better understanding of the role they play in improving public education.Expand Charter Public Schools in the State. While charters are currently operating only in St. Louis and Kansas City, successful MCPSA advocacy has led to the enacting of legislation removing the geographic restriction on charter public schools. The association will develop a system for identifying the best opportunities among potential charter applicants for the establishment of quality charter public schools in communities across the state.

Programs

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Program 1

New School Development

CharterStart is a comprehensive and targeted training program offering strategic, technical, and hands-on assistance to those interested in starting high quality charter schools in Missouri. CharterStart supports potential charter school founders as they move through the application process, specific to the laws and rules of Missouri. Additionally, the program ensures that each application is aligned with the MCPSA Quality Standards for Charter Schools and is complete, allowing MCPSA to provide a Letter of Application Readiness, before it is submitted to a potential sponsor and the State. MCPSA's Quality Standards and the Letter of Application Readiness ensure that only charter school founding groups with a quality application and the greatest capacity to open and sustain a high performing charter school do so.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

MCPSA is in need of funding in the following areas: Website redevelopment - MCPSA would like to make the website more user friendly and allow a resource portal for member schools including a tool for school self-evaluation.CharterStart Program/New School Development - MCPSA is seeking funding to help cover initial costs that many founding groups cannot afford.Charter school expansion/education efforts - MCPSA will provide education on charter schools to identified communities through our Executive Director traveling to these communities and conducting introductory meetings with state and local leadership, hosting of community meeting providing a charter school 101 seminar to interested individuals and holding introductory meetings with superintendents and school board chairpersons. Identified communities include (but are not limited to) Riverview Gardens, Hickman Mills, Normandy, Columbia, Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Independence, Warrensburg, and Joplin.

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ASSOCIATION OF MISSOURI CHARTER SCHOOLS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Missouri Charter Public School Association

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Douglas Thaman

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Amber Simpson

US Bank

Term: Oct 2008 - Oct 2016

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