Missouri Charter Public School Association Awarded $814,500 in Grants During First Half of 2012

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The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) has been awarded over $814,500 in grants during the first half of 2012 to help support the Association’s work with Missouri’s charter schools to continue reaching standards of quality and promoting the expansion of charter schools throughout the State of Missouri.

“These generous grants from our various supporters will help the Association expand our reach throughout the state of Missouri and continue promoting high quality, autonomous and accountable charter public schools as an educational option for Missouri’s students,” said MCPSA Executive Director Dr. Douglas Thaman.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation awarded MCPSA a $211,000 grant to launch the Charter School Leadership Development Program, an intensive training program for Kansas City charter school governing boards and school leaders.

The Charter School Leadership Development Program allows for training based upon MCPSA’s Quality Standards, Governing Board Competencies and School Leader Competencies. The implementation of professional services to develop high-quality governing boards and school leaders will provide the necessary education and knowledge to increase their understanding of responsibilities.

“Effective leadership and governance is fundamental to improving student achievement in the charter school community,” said Munro Richardson, Kauffman’s vice- president of education. “Support of the MCPSA’s training effort fits strategically with our Foundation’s commitment to improving student outcomes and leadership throughout the charter school sector.”

One year of the Charter School Leadership Development Program will also be extended to charter schools in St. Louis through an anonymous gift of an additional $100,000 for 2012.

MCPSA was also awarded a grant of  $200,000 from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.  The foundation’s board report approving the grant cited MCPSA’s work in passing charter school accountability and expansion legislation during the 2012 session and the Association’s stand for high quality charter schools as reasons for approving the grant.

The report also cited MCPSA’s work to help find quality alternatives for students from the closing Imagine Schools as reasons for approving the grant.

“We are grateful for this investment from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in MCPSA,” continued Thaman.  “We hope to make this new funding partnership a long lasting success.”

The Hall Family Foundation also awarded MCPSA a grant of $100,000 to support the Association’s work developing high quality charter schools in Kansas City.  The foundation’s award letter stressed the need for MCPSA to provide unwavering leadership on promoting quality charter schools in the Kansas City community.

“MCPSA is honored to have renewed support from the Hall Family Foundation,” noted Thaman.  “Kansas City’s charter schools are a vital part of the public education landscape in the city and this funding will go toward our work to foster high quality charter schools in the city. “

These grants will also trigger matching grants from the Walton Family Foundation in the amount of over $203,000 in 2012 and 2013.


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