MCPSA 2011 Conference Recap – Day One

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MCPSA Conference Recap – Day 1 The 2011 Missouri Charter Schools Conference kicked off with a welcome speech from MCPSA Executive Director, Dr. Douglas Thaman, and a stunning performance by the Grand Center Arts Academy Show Choir. In his speech Thaman stressed the need to “take a step back, evaluate what has been working, consider […]

MCPSA Promotes Increased Access to Charter Schools to Help Students in Troubled Districts

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At a recent hearing of the Joint Interim Committee on School Accreditation the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) promoted increased access to charter schools to help students in troubled districts.  The MCPSA testified on two key ways that charter public schools can help in the Committee’s quest to find a solution to the Turner v. Clayton […]

University Academy Featured on Fox 4 KC for Performance Distinction

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From Fox 4 KC:   Tess Koppelman, FOX 4 NewsChristie Walton, Interactive Content Producer 6:12 p.m. CDT, September 27, 2011 KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A charter school in the KCMSD has been awarded accreditation with distinction for meeting every state standard for performance. The University Academy is a K-12 urban charter school. It opened its doors to […]

MCPSA Editorial: Imagine Schools, Inc. Not Meeting Acceptable Performance

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Simply put, a charter is a contract to improve student achievement. The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) commends the charter public schools in the State who are honoring this contract and operating in the best interest of the students they serve.  MCPSA is, however, deeply concerned by the performance trends being displayed by the […]

Three Charter Public Schools Recognized by DESE for Distinguished Performance

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(St. Louis, MO)  For the first time, three Missouri charter public schools have been recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for “Distinction in Performance” based on their final Annual Performance Report (APR). Academie Lafayette, Allen Village and University Academy charter schools, all located in Kansas City, were among 329 Missouri […]