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
  2. Parent Connection Network
Service Areas

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Missouri

Today, charter schools only operate within the city limits of Kansas City and St. Louis.

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

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Missouri Charter Public School Association serves 59 member schools, their teachers, boards, sponsors, and most importantly, over 23,000 students. In 2016 MCPSA:advocated for legislation to fund early childhood programsworked to change, clarify, support or remove 25 specific pieces of legislation that impact charter schoolscoordinated 16 legislative school tourshosted 31 educational community eventspublished 4 Policy Manualsdistributed a "Quality Standards for Charter Schools" manual aimed at improving student performance outcomeshelped to create the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which can now act as a charter school sponsorheld it's most successful conference to date bringing together over 400 charter school leaders, teachers, politicians, and advocates for 3 days of networking and expanding awareness of all aspects of public charter schools Top Goals for 2017: 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 and mentoring charter applicants with the highest potential for the establishment of quality charter public schools in communities across the state.

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

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

Program 2

Parent Connection Network

Parents will be recruited from each of the charter schools in Kansas City to participate in the Parent Connection Network. The purpose of PCN is to train parents to advocate for their children and their schools and to provide educational opportunities. PCN will also connect parents with a broader community. Research shows that the more closely connected parents are, the better the outcomes for their children.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

25,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    A quality education is one of the most important factors contributing to the welfare and success of our children, our neighborhoods, and our state. A solid educational foundation provides children the tools they need to become vibrant contributing citizens, no matter how rich or poor, despite where a child lives or what circumstances they may face outside the classroom. The Missouri Charter Public School Association wants to realize an educational environment where innovation, autonomy, and entrepreneurship are rewarded and where parents are free to determine what is, or is not, in the best educational interests of their child. IMCPSA focuses on three primary programs/services: Public Policy, Public Relations, and Public Engagement. Together, these elements support positive outcomes and fuel the growth of high-quality charter public schools by working for systemic change, increasing understanding, and communicating with all our stakeholders. MCPSA's experience in education policy, and our relationships with key stakeholders, member schools, and legislators, positions the Association as Missouri's leading organization advocating policies that demand high-quality academic standards and that further the growth and expansion of high-performing charter public schools throughout the state. In addition to exemplary public policy work, strong and effective communication is critical as the charter school sector continues to develop and expand. As the voice for Missouri's charter schools and the charter school model, MCPSA has raised awareness to the needs of students in countless corners throughout the State. Through mainstream media, as well as social media channels, MCPSA promotes parental choice and educational options. MCPSA builds community relationships by educating elected officials and the general public on the benefits of charter schools and parental choice. MCPSA is a valuable resource for charter schools and provides many other services, including Board Member Trainings, A Model Policy Series, and monthly workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers, school leaders, board members, and the community at large.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategic plan uses a three-pronged approach; Advocacy, Communications, and Education (or ACE). MPSA advocates for supportive public policies communicates timely and relevant information and educates member schools, lawmakers, and the general public about charter public schools and the laws that govern them. Ultimately, the true indicator of success realizes an increase in supportive public policies leading to an increase in the number of quality charter schools operating in the State of Missouri. However, policy work takes time, and MCPSA measures progress throughout the year by maintaining accurate records, tracking activities, and adjusting strategies when needed. Seeing increases in student achievement by increasing the number of quality charter public schools is our ultimate goal.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    MCPSA's key core competencies include: * An extensive knowledge of Missouri charter school laws as well as laws in other states * An understanding of the history and development of charter public schools in Missouri and nationally. * A network of school leaders and board members dedicated to furthering the mission of quality education for all children. * An ability to reach and influence lawmakers to adopt support public policies through ongoing outreach, targeted communications, public relations strategies, and education. * A passion for MCPSA's mission of improving student achievement through access to quality charter schools. * A committed and creative staff dedicated to improving the educational ecosystem in Missouri.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Since its' inception in 2007, the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) has played a key leadership role in the development of Missouri's charter public school landscape. MCPSA is the only agency in the State of Missouri charged with serving the interests of charter public schools and is a vigilant champion of appropriate education policies and works to establish statutes that support the growth of quality charter public schools in the region. MCPSA has achieved significant successes in shaping state charter school policies increasing the number of high-quality, high-performing charter schools while working to close those schools unable to meet the needs of students effectively. Over last four years, in the face of considerable opposition, MCPSA championed the expansion of charter schools in Missouri with the opening of 19 schools. During this time MCPSA also advocated for legislation improving, expanding, and clarifying language in support of quality charter schools and in some instances defeated measures that would weaken the charter public school position. MCPSA's track record is clear, and the Association stands ready to continue moving quality public education through charter schools forward. In short, MCPSA has been instrumental in building a charter public school eco-system that is working in the two largest urban areas in Missouri creating competitive pressures that challenge traditional districts to improve in order to maintain a share of the market. We continuously set objectives, review timelines, and meet goals to make sure that we are on track and making progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Today, charter schools only operate within the city limits of Kansas City and St. Louis.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

MCPSA is in need of funding in the following areas: CharterStart Program/New School Development - MCPSA is seeking funding to help cover initial costs that many founding groups cannot afford.Parent Connection Network-MCPSA is forming a new charter parent network to educate parents about charter school issues and to develop avenues for discussions and community building around a common concern.Documentary Film Production: MCPSA seeks funding to produce a short documentary explaining history, pedagogy, and purpose of charter public schools.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

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Principal Officer

Dr. Douglas Thaman

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Dean Johnson

Crossroads Academy Charter School

Term: Oct 2014 - Oct 2018

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