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Massachusetts Charter Public School Association Inc.

 43 Broad Street, Suite C401
 Hudson, MA 01749
[P] (978) 212-5507
[F] --
www.masscharterschools.org
info@masscharterschools.org
Tim Nicolette
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INCORPORATED: 2001
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EIN 04-3559305

LAST UPDATED: 05/31/2019
Organization DBA Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The MCPSA’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter sector to thrive toward the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools.

Mission Statement

The MCPSA’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter sector to thrive toward the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $3,679,426.00
Projected Expense $3,545,111.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Professional Learning Opportunities

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The MCPSA’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter sector to thrive toward the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools.

Background Statement

Founded in 2001, the MCPSA, which represents over 98% of the state’s charter public schools, has played a critical role in advocating for and creating community among charter public schools across the Commonwealth through a combination of public policy advocacy, best practice sharing, and technical assistance support. The MCPSA’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter sector to thrive toward the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools. Under the new leadership of Executive Director Tim Nicolette, MCPSA’s staff members work to execute on the Association’s three-year strategic plan, which includes making investments in its communications and policy apparatus.

Impact Statement

Recent Accomplishments
  1. In November 2017, under the direction of its new Executive Director, Tim Nicolette, the Association's member schools unanimously approved a new strategic plan.
  2. MCPSA softly launched research-based social media messages in September 2018 and created/disseminated a Campaign Toolkit to schools in December 2018. In January 2019, schools began to execute campaign messages in social media, with the use of a campaign hashtag (#EdThatAddsUp). MCPSA and its member schools’ communications work has resulted in an overall soft-rebound in public opinion on charter public schools from 41% favorable (33% unfavorable) in 2017 to 52% favorable (23% unfavorable) in 2018.
  3. The MCPSA continues its successful partnership with provider of college counseling and support for low-income and first generation students in Boston charter public schools.
  4. The Association continues to support charter public schools in sharing an authentic narrative about the positive contributions that charter public schools are making on behalf of the kids and families of our Commonwealth.
  5. The Association continues to work to protect the vital autonomies and strict accountability metrics that have made MA’s charter public schools some of the best in the country.
  6. The Association continues to leverage the collective wisdom of the sector to codify and share leading operational and school-based practices through collaboration structures. MCPSA facilitates a community of virtual networking where school leaders and staff pose and respond to questions and the Association follows up with resources and quality practices to address inquiries. These inquiries, along with all content from expert-led Community of Practice sessions and webinars, are maintained on the MCPSA Knowledge Center which serves as an online resource of shared information and materials for all MCPSA members schools.

Needs Statement

We are in the process of securing a number of multi-year grants to support the execution of the key areas detailed above. Our historically diverse funding base, which includes membership dues, national foundations, and local donors has allowed us to strategically develop and offer programs that further the growth of the charter public school movement at large and meet the individual needs of our members. The ability to sustain our success is directly tied to our ability to continue to create and protect the conditions by which charter public schools can continue to best serve students and families. Given our proven track record of building high quality schools that are providing excellent educational opportunities and success for children throughout the state, we are in a strong position to utilize anticipated additional funding.

CEO Statement

The MCPSA is the representative body of all Massachusetts charter public schools. We are committed to creating and protecting the conditions that will enable the charter public sector to thrive, so that the community contributes toward the goal of all Massachusetts children having equitable access to high-quality public schools.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Professional Societies & Associations
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Single Organization Support

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Professional Learning Opportunities

Recently, the Association developed a new series of Communities of Practice/Professional Development sessions focused on: School Culture & Behavior, Special Education, English Learner Education, and School Finance & Operations. The topics are driven by the shared needs of the school staff and the sessions are led by local and national content experts. This year, we hosted three webinars and nine in-person sessions, with 89% of member charter public schools across the state participating. In post-training evaluations, 95% of participants indicated the content of sessions was highly relevant and useful, and 98% of the participants plan to implement something they learned during the sessions.

MCPSA facilitates a community of virtual networking where school leaders and staff can pose and respond to questions and the Association follows up with resources and quality practices to address inquiries.
 
This year, the Association also launched good governance webinar trainings for charter public school Boards of Trustees, facilitated in collaboration with national experts. So far, we hosted two out of four webinars on executive compensation and Board member roles and responsibilities, with 95% of members schools participating. In post-training evaluations, 97% of participants share that the content of the sessions was highly relevant and useful.
 
Finally, MCPSA launched our first New Charter School Leader Program with a cohort of nine schools/new leaders receiving professional development, mentorship, and coaching to strengthen their leadership capabilities. As part of the program, new leaders receive content knowledge through a “charter frame” so leaders can understand how the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education expectations relate to them, in their role. They also receive time and opportunities for genuine reflection, as well as opportunities to build a professional network. Leaders met six times throughout the 2018 - 2019 school year in person as a cohort, attended webinars, and received one to one executive leadership coaching.

Budget  $1,714,948.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Each MCPSA professional learning program has its own set of evaluative measures by which success is gauged. However, in general, the purpose of our programming is to:
  • Provide high quality opportunities for charter public school leaders and staff to share promising practices and engage in ongoing professional development in a variety of instructional and operational topics that are relevant to their job functions.
  • Create strong networking opportunities that facilitate the ongoing interaction of member schools.
  • Serve as a forum to discuss state policy issues that affect practice, inform MCPSA’s advocacy efforts with DESE, and provide an opportunity for engagement between DESE and the field.
 
The short-term success of this work is gauged by the following five measures:
  1. Member commitment to the Communities of Practice and other programs
  2. MCPSA effectiveness in facilitation and delivery method
  3. Relevance of content to practice and policy issues affecting member work
  4. Impact of networking opportunities inside and outside the COPs
  5. Overall effectiveness and usefulness of the Charter Knowledge Center and Virtual COPs (Intranet)
Program Long-Term Success 
MCPSA has kicked-off 2019 with a number of new initiatives and partnerships. We’ve also continued to advance work that will help our sector meet its goals around increasing political and public support for charter public schools, while continuing to protect and promote the key school-level autonomies that buttress the high quality of our sector. We continue to move forward with improving public perception and updating the narrative on the charter public school sector in order to benefit member schools/their day-to-day operating environment, as well as to help support our work on the advocacy front. In partnership with schools and charter supporters, we will develop and exercise our growing capabilities to not only protect schools’ ability to serve kids well, but also proactively advance an advocacy agenda that will benefit kids in charter public schools - and all public schools - across the Commonwealth.
Program Success Monitored By 
Our professional learning opportunities are evaluated in multiple ways including: day-of program evaluations from participants; quarterly reviews of all program participant evaluation; interim assessments that seek member feedback; and an annual, end of year survey for all program participants. Programs operate in a cycle of continuous improvement whereby member feedback is routinely and directly incorporated into program updates.
Examples of Program Success 
43 charter public school Deans, Mental Health Professionals, and Teachers attended the Classroom Strategies for Students with At-risk Behaviors at the MCPSA Office in Hudson, MA on Wednesday, March 20th, facilitated by Dr. Sheldon Loman.
Participants engaged in discussions and activities designed to support them in evaluating positive and engaging classrooms, developing strategies focused on effective prevention and responses to behavioral occurences in the classroom, creating procedures for dealing with disruptive and escalating behavior, and developing individualized classroom plans to intervene during each phase of the behavioral escalation cycle.
Additionally, 47 Principals, Special Education Directors/Teachers, School Counselors, and General Education Teachers attended the Building a Better Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP): Tips and Techniques for your Intervention Toolbox workshop at the MCPSA office in Hudson, MA on January 17th, facilitated by Meghan Hoffman and Christine Crowell from Continuum Group. Participants learned how to write behavior support plans that identify behaviors which interfere with a student’s ability to learn, determine the “why” behind these behaviors, and decrease interfering behaviours while increasing appropriate, alternative behaviors.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As the charter public school movement has grown throughout Massachusetts, one of MCPSA’s primary programmatic challenges is the need to provide differentiated services to members with diverse needs, histories, capacities and levels of achievement. MCPSA is committed to the goal of celebrating schools that demonstrate high levels of success, assisting good schools in their effort to become great, and continuing to provide extra resources and support for those schools that are struggling. Massachusetts is home to some of the most successful and innovative schools in the country, thus providing a unique opportunity to serve as a model for improving public education and overall reform.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tim Nicolette
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO Email tnicolette@masscharterschools.org
CEO Experience Tim provides strategic and operational leadership for all of MCPSA’s staff, programs, and advocacy work. Tim joined the association having worked in both district and charter public school sectors, with specific experience in education policy and management. Prior to joining MCPSA, Tim served as President of UP Education Network, a nonprofit school turnaround organization with schools in Boston, Lawrence, and Springfield that applies charter and district school best practices to rapidly turn around low performing district schools. He has also served as Chief of Staff to former Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Carol Johnson, managing relationships with community stakeholders across the city and identifying policies to accelerate student achievement, as well as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for BPS. Prior to working at BPS, he was an education advisor to former Boston Mayor Tom Menino. He began his career a strategy consultant with L.E.K. Consulting where he was elected Executive Director of Inspire, Inc., an organization that provides consulting services to education and youth development nonprofits. Tim holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Marc Kenen Jan 2001 July 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Erica Brown Chief of Policy & School Support Erica collaborates with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in shaping MCPSA’s organizational growth and priorities. She bridges education policy and practice by advocating on behalf of the charter sector to drive state education policies while serving as the MCPSA’s programmatic leader. Prior to joining MCPSA, Erica served as a charter public school teacher and leader of City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, and was a founding steering committee member of the Boston Compact, which brings together educators from charter, district, and Catholic schools in Boston to improve education for all young people in the city. Erica holds a B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and an M.A. in English Language Arts Education from Tufts University.
Oona Cook Chief Operating Officer

Oona serves as a membership of the Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining the infrastructure to support and sustain MCPSA’s strategic initiatives. Oona brings more than fifteen years of experience in senior leadership, organizational management, and legal advocacy and holds a B.A from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Victoria Criado Chief of Communications & Development Victoria collaborates with the Executive Director in shaping MCPSA's internal and external communications strategy, as well as securing the financial support needed to achieve MCPSA's programmatic and advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining MCPSA, Victoria served as the Chief Public Affairs Officer for UP Education Network. Victoria holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Michael Falcone Chief of Government Affairs Michael is responsible for leading MCPSA’s advocacy and political initiatives and strengthening bipartisan and progressive political support for the nation’s highest quality charter sector. Prior to joining MCPSA, Michael served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund/Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and as the Political Director for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston University.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
National Leadership Activities Grant United States Department of Education 2015
Charter School National Leadership grant United States Department of Education 2006
Charter School National Leadership grant United States Department of Education 2001

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association MASSACHUSETTS

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

As a critical part of our work, we collaborate with other educational reform organizations including the following:

  • Boston Foundation

  • Boston Leaders for Education

  • Davis Foundation

  • Democrats For Education Reform

  • Lynch Foundation

  • Bottom Line

  • New Schools Venture Fund

  • Pioneer Institute

  • Smith Family Foundation

  • STAND for Children

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As a virtual organization with staff and membership located throughout the state, we operate a central training and meeting space that serves as a hub for our staff as well as an invaluable resource for our members. 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Co-President Beth Anderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Phoenix Charter Academy Network
Board Chair Term July 2017 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair Co-President Thabiti Brown
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Codman Academy Charter School
Board Co-Chair Term July 2017 - June 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kristin Harrison Christa McAuliffe Charter School Voting
Caleb Hurst-Hiller Community Charter School of Cambridge Voting
Barish Icin Pioneer Charter School of Science Voting
Calvin McFadden Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence Voting
Tim Nicolette MCPSA Exofficio
Greg Orpen Innovation Academy Charter School Voting
Rachel Romano Veritas Prep Charter School Voting
Todd Sumner Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School Voting
Shannah Varon Boston Collegiate Charter School Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Executive
  • Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $3,123,112 $3,133,675 $2,163,993
Total Expenses $2,761,778 $2,962,071 $1,983,740

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $656,944 $753,647 $130,019
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $656,944 $753,647 $130,019
Individual Contributions $1,500,570 $1,432,932 $1,194,500
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $37,022 $23,611 $11,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses $4,437 $4,504 $2,743
Membership Dues $900,317 $890,857 $806,581
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $23,822 $28,124 $19,150

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $2,413,348 $2,628,741 $1,714,948
Administration Expense $348,430 $333,330 $268,792
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 1.06 1.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 89% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,896,205 $1,457,731 $1,273,027
Current Assets $1,631,419 $1,232,520 $1,026,731
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $330,156 $274,944 $258,132
Total Net Assets $1,566,049 $1,182,787 $1,014,895

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 5.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.94 4.48 3.98

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 

In order to develop programs that further the growth of the charter public school movement, and meet the individual and infinite needs of our members, we have created a diverse funding base that includes membership dues, as well as support from large foundations and individual donors. The ability to sustain our success is directly tied to increasing the number of charter public schools (i.e., membership dues), and the ongoing investment from local and national supporters of education reform. Given our now-proven track record of building high quality schools that are providing excellent educational opportunities and success for children throughout the state, we are in a prime position to utilize anticipated additional funding.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Please note, the asset and liability data is per the audits for all three years shown above.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The MCPSA’s mission is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter sector to thrive toward the larger goal of ensuring all Massachusetts children and families have equitable access to high-quality schools.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

MCPSA makes this happen by building and strengthening schools’ communications capacity and capabilities, engaging and activating new and existing charter public school supporters, building out and growing new and current programs offered to schools and their communities, and, finally, continuing to build out and provide collaboration structures and targeted support around school quality, including supports to ensure college and career success for charter public school students.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The association kicked-off 2019 with a number of new initiatives and partnerships. We’ve also continued to advance work that will help our sector meet its goals around increasing support for charter public schools, while continuing to protect and promote the key school-level autonomies that buttress the high quality of our sector.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

MCPSA sets detailed and measurable benchmarks that are reviewed and reflected upon regularly to ensure progress towards goals. Data are collected and assessed by way of surveys, internal databases, and online tracking tools (ie. Salsa, SurveyMonkey, et al).
Additionally, we expanded our data capabilities in 2018 and hired a new Director of Data & Analytics.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

MCPSA continues to be a membership organization that serves and supports the highest performing charter public school sector in the country.