About the Commission

FY24 Commission Meeting Schedule:

Meetings are held at 9 a.m. by conference call, unless otherwise noted. See "Commission Meetings" page for agendas, meeting information and past meeting minutes.​ 

     2023-2024 Commission Meetings

  • January 17, 2024
  • February 21, 2024 School Visits/Meeting - Kansas City, MO
  • March 2024  TBD Meeting/Capitol Visit - Jefferson City, MO
  • April 17, 2024 School Visit/Meeting - St. Louis, MO
  • May 15, 2024 
  • June 12, 2024

About the Commission

The Missouri Charter Public School Commission was established in 2012 (RSMo 160.425). Lawmakers, charter school advocates and education reformers wanted an independent sponsoring entity with the authority to sponsor high quality charter schools throughout Missouri.  Sponsors enter into a contract with a Missouri non-profit organization that demonstrates the ability and capacity to operate a quality independent public school.  Sponsors hold these schools accountable for the performance of the school and to the conditions of the contract.  Performing schools can have their contract renewed.  Poor quality charter schools can be closed.

The Commission consists of nine (9) members appointed by the Governor, with consent of the Senate. Members are selected from a slate of three (3) nominees provided from each of the following:  the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commissioner of Higher Education, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Missouri School Boards Association.  Four members are appointed by the Governor. No more than five members can be of the same political party and no more than two members can come from the same US Congressional District. Members serve a four year term.

From 2015-2019, the Commission was funded in whole or part through a generous State appropriation and through 1.5% sponsorship fees as outlined in RSMo 160.400.11.  Since July 2020, the Commission is funded solely on the funds generated through sponsorship.  It's budget is approved annually by the Commission, State Board of Education, the Missouri General Assembly and the Governor. 

If the State Board of Education removes the authority of another sponsor, the Commission will become the new sponsor for any of their current charter schools.

Currently, the Commission has four staff members:

Pursuant to Section 160.400.12 RSMo, sponsors are required to provide the Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education an annual report. 

The Custodian of Records for Open Record  or "Sunshine" requests is Shawn Williams, Deputy Director of Community Engagement, shawn.williams@mcpsc.mo.gov.