Kauffman Foundation Research Paper Looks at Missouri Teacher Pension Systems

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From: www.kauffman.org Recommendations include alternative plans that provide mobile retirement benefits to new teachers (Kansas City, Mo.) Feb. 25, 2014 – Missouri’s complicated and disconnected educator retirement systems create staffing challenges, particularly for urban school districts. Reducing unnecessary complexity and making plans more mobile could help the state’s urban districts see greater success in recruiting and retaining […]

MCPSA Advocacy on Federal Charter School Program Funds May Save State From Losing $4 Million

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Three Missouri Charter Schools Awarded Grant, State Eligible for Extension  The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) recently worked with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to seek specific application clarifications, and request a second year no cost extension, to the United States Department of Education (USDOE) Charter Schools Program Grant.  The […]

OpEd – MASA Transfer Plan Falls Short of Quality Options for All Students

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The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently released a proposal, “A New Path To Excellence,” in an attempt to address unaccredited school districts and the laws governing student transfers once a district becomes unaccredited.  In actuality this ‘plan’ simply asks for more time and more money to perpetuate the status quo. Though the Missouri […]

MCPSA Supports State Audit of Hope Academy

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The Missouri Charter Public Schools Association (MCPSA) fully supports Missouri State Auditor Thomas Schweich’s investigation into Hope Academy charter school.  MCPSA is deeply concerned over allegations related to the school released this week by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). “Our Association takes very seriously any allegations of inappropriate conduct by a […]

MCPSA Issues Guidance for Charters in Transfer Case

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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has issued guidance for managing transfer requests under the recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling in Breitenfeld v. School District of Clayton. This court case, often referred to as the “Turner Case,” ruled that students living in unaccredited districts do have the right under state statute to […]