St. Louis Charter School Teacher Named Peabody ‘Leader in Education’

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Pearl Thompson, a seventh grade math teacher at St. Louis Charter School, was recognized as a Peabody Energy ‘Leader in Education.’  The program recognizes outstanding education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students in the St. Louis community. A committee of education, community and corporate leaders selects award recipients throughout the year.  […]

MCPSA Welcomes New Director of Membership Services and New School Development

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Dear School Leaders, Board Members and Sponsors, I am pleased to introduce myself as your new Director of Member Services and New School Development.  I come to this position with over two years of experience as the coordinator of UMSL’s charter school sponsorship program as well at 8 years of teaching experience and teacher mentoring […]

More Welcoming Climate for Charter Schools Should be Part of Reforming KC Schools

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The Star’s November 1 editorial, Move Carefully in reforming KC Schools District, stated that one option for helping students in Kansas City public schools is to create “a more welcoming climate for charter schools.” We agree completely. According to a recent report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 9,312 students are currently enrolled […]

MCPSA Commentary: Autonomy for Accountability Bargain Important to Keep for Charters

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This piece was published in the November 14 letters section of the St. Louis Post- Dispatch In a November 6 Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Missouri State Board of Education President Peter Herschend discussed his views of the State Board’s role in the oversight of Missouri’s charter schools. Regarding the […]

Renaissance Academy Charter School Closure Being Done Responsibly

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The board of Renaissance Academy charter school in Kansas City has decided not to submit a renewal application when their charter expires on June 30, 2012. This decision means that the school will close at the end of the current academic year. Based on consistently low achievement during the school’s five-­ year charter term, the […]