Missouri Charter Public School Association
1300 Papin Street
St. Louis MO 63103
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (314) 776-3551
Mission Statement
To improve student achievement by increasing access to high-quality charter public education options throughout Missouri.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Douglas Thaman
Board Chair Mr Dean Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Crossroads Academy Charter School
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To improve student achievement by increasing access to high-quality charter public education options throughout Missouri.
Background Statement The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) was formed in 2005 in partnership with charter public schools to serve as the support system for and unified voice of Missouri’s charter community. MCPSA’s initial efforts focused on significant legislative change to benefit the charter public school movement, including more equitable funding and greater accountability standards. After achieving success on the legislative side, MCPSA expanded its portfolio of services and hired the first Executive Director in 2006.

MCPSA has developed into the professional and membership organization for Missouri’s charter public schools while continuing to serve as the sector’s primary advocate. Through our mission, MCPSA remains at the forefront of the charter movement and ensures that the schools bring quality programs to underserved populations, earning a reputation as the “go-to” organization of the sector.
Our vision is that by 2020, MCPSA is recognized and respected as the primary resource and representative voice of the state's charter public school sector. Our sector includes students and families flourishing in over 100 high-quality charter public schools throughout Missouri. MCPSA is a sustainable, dynamic, entrepreneurial organization playing a vital role in both the charter and traditional public school systems. Citizens and policymakers openly acknowledge the value of a thriving charter public school environment. Our efforts are helping to reshape public education, providing Missouri's students and families with more high-quality public education options than ever before. 
Impact Statement
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 programs
  • worked to change, clarify, support or remove 25 specific pieces of legislation that impact charter schools
  • coordinated 16 legislative school tours
  • hosted 31 educational community events
  • published 4 Policy Manuals
  • distributed a "Quality Standards for Charter Schools" manual aimed at improving student performance outcomes
  • helped to create the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which can now act as a charter school sponsor
  • held 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Needs Statement
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.
Service Categories
Charter Schools
Areas of Service
Today, charter schools only operate within the city limits of Kansas City and St. Louis. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Access to quality educational options is a fundamental, civil right of all American families. Yet, every year we see failing school districts and a widening of the achievement gap. Missouri is no exception to this unfortunate trend in public education. High quality, charter public schools represent one effective means of reversing this downward trend and providing access to the social and economic sustainability that is achieved through strong academic preparation. When students are given the tools to achieve their best, everyone wins--as strong schools contribute to the stability and growth of the entire region. As we are only as strong as our most vulnerable citizens, our Missouri youth, creating and supporting high quality schools for all students should be a shared imperative.

Building, sustaining and expanding high quality charter schools is no easy task and requires technical acumen and advocacy beyond academics. This is why I support the Missouri Charter Public School Association. Our mission goes beyond supporting the expansion of charter public schools to create access to high quality education for families across our state. We strive to do so by providing the technical and advocacy supports necessary to create schools of excellence that adhere to the highest levels of accountability, while fully embodying integrity, diversity and innovation. The Missouri Charter Public School Association is the only organization in the state that has the sole purpose of fostering the burgeoning charter school sector. To continue and expand this important work, we need the support of all community stakeholders, as the outcome of Missouri students affects us all. Together, we can help to ensure the stability and growth of our state by providing the support necessary to expand access to high quality charter public schools across all communities. Supporting the Missouri Charter Public School Association is an effective way to reach this goal.

Amber Simpson, Board President
Description 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 Education Policy Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Starting a charter school is a demanding undertaking but CharterStart participants have the drive and passion to create education options in the state of Missouri. Most CharterStart participants enter into application development focused on their mission and short on knowledge.

Through their participation in CharterStart, participants develop a deep understanding of the standards of quality necessary for an effective school as well as primary knowledge regarding various aspects of school operation and finance. As applications receive substantive application feedback, participate in evaluation debriefing sessions, and engage in new school development seminars they become more knowledgeable and confident as individuals and a founding board building the capacity to open, operate, and sustain a high performing school.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of CharterStart is for charter school founders to open, operate, and sustain high quality charter schools. The program provides support through one-on-one consulting, arranged to fit the founding groups schedule and provide individualized support. MCPSA is confident that participants leave the program with the necessary knowledge, coaching resources, and connections to open an excellent charter school.
Program Success Monitored By In order to ensure the quality of CharterStart and the applications, MCPSA grants a Leader of Application Readiness to groups that are part of CharterStart and whose applications are determined to be of high quality, ready for submission to the St. Louis Mayor’s Educational Advisory Board and/or a potential sponsor.

When a charter school applicant group under contract with MCPSA’s CharterStart Program has fully developed an application determined to be of quality and ready to move forward with Sponsor consideration, MCPSA provides the applicant group with the Letter of Application Readiness to include in their submission. MCPSA will only grant the letter to groups whose application has been reviewed by both MCPSA and a national expert. This ensures that the application itself is a quality application.
Examples of Program Success In the fall of 2015, five CharterStart founding groups successfully opened their charter schools in St. Louis. One of the founding Board Members stated:

“MCPSA’s CharterStart program was a tremendous resource to us as we worked through drafting our application to obtaining authorization from DESE. The seminars were very informative, the school leader networking extensive and encouraging, and the consulting invaluable. I don’t see how we could have done it without MCPSA there to guide us through the charter application process.”

Currently, there are fourteen groups participating in CharterStart. Each group is at a different point in the application process and continues to progress toward application submission. 
Description 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.
Program Budget $25,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education Policy Programs
Population Served Families, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short Term Success is having at least one parent volunteer from each school, developing a partnership with other Kansas City community-based organizations, and  completing at least 1 training session for parents.
Long-Term Success Long Term success would be the self-sustainability and growth of the Parent Connection Network. As more parents become engaged, they will encourage others to join. Supporting parents and educating them about current charter school issues, policies and events will allow them to have a voice in the debates that rage of education and education reform. Parents should have a place at that table and PCN helps them achieve that goal.
Program Success Monitored By Success will be monitored by the number of recruits, the number of trainings, the growth of the organization, and any measurable impact.
Examples of Program Success
  • Organizing a Day at the Capitol for All Charter School Children
  • Creating a Facebook Page and networking
  • Development of Training materials 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Douglas Thaman
Term Start June 2011
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Federal Programs Consulting
Title Director of Development and Communications
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Dean Johnson
Company Affiliation Crossroads Academy Charter School
Term Oct 2014 to Oct 2018
Email dean@crossroadsacademykc.org
Board Members
Mr. Engin Blackstone Gateway Science Academy
Ms Kate Casas Dentons LLC
Mr. David Desai-Ramirez
Mr. Scott Dieckhaus
Mr. Paul Fedchak
Ms Shanika Harris Missouri University
Mr. Dean Johnson Crossroads Academy of Kansas City
Mr. Jerry Kitzi Kansas City Public Schools
Ms. Charnissa Holliday Scott James W. Tippin & Associates Law Firm
Mr. Mike Talboy
Mr. Danny Tipton Hogan Preparatory Academy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 1 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 83%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $668,500
Projected Expenses $624,030
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include individual contributions.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$318,850$378,681$827,747
Administration Expense$379,474$450,821$275,915
Fundraising Expense$60,714$72,131$95,973
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.240.980.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses42%42%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%20%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$457,221$291,817$370,977
Current Assets$453,763$288,031$365,153
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$30,473$43,748$104,296
Total Net Assets$426,748$248,069$266,681
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.896.583.50
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Walton Family Foundation $225,000Walton Family Foundation $225,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $52,500Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation $105,755
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --RC Kemper Charitable Trust Inc $50,000Individual Donor $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Missouri Charter Public School Association
Address 1300 Papin Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Primary Phone (314) 776-3551
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Douglas Thaman
Board Chair Mr Dean Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Crossroads Academy Charter School
Year of Incorporation 2006