Mission: IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS PREPARES STUDENTS FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND CITIZENSHIP BY PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO STUDENTS IN GRADE PRE- ... (More)

Idea Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2000, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.ideapublicschools.org

  2115 W PIKE BLVD
Weslaco TX 78596-0054



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to reporting a Material Diversion of Assets


A nonprofit that has reported a material diversion of assets on its most recent IRS Form 990 is not eligible for an Encompass Rating. A "material diversion of assets" refers to an unauthorized conversion or use of an organization's assets to an end different from the organization's stated purpose.


Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.


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Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



THOMAS E TORKELSON, CEO JULY-APR

$941,143


WYATT J TRUSCHEIT, CHIEF FINANC

$440,023


JOANN GAMA, CEO/SUP APR-

$426,914


IRMA MUNOZ, CHIEF OPERAT

$324,478


DOLORES GONZALES, CHIEF PROGRA

$292,060


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) (BMF foundation code: 11)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Idea Public Schools reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

IDEA public schools experienced a decrease in Average Daily Attendance across the district, which directly impacts the amount of state funding IDEA is eligible to receive. IDEA has taken action to adjust for COVID-19 expenses & potential enrollment challenges. An example of these actions include a temporary hiring pause on non-essential positions.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

At IDEA, we remain committed to using information from local, national, and global health agencies to inform our Strong Start guiding principles: 1. Rigorous and joyful instruction, in and outside of the classroom, to continue fulfilling our mission of College for All. 2. Strict adherence to proven safety protocols to ensure the health of our school community — students, staff, and parents. 3. Flexibility. We want to alleviate worry for parents and students, not exacerbate it. Adapting to meet the needs of our community is key. We continue to face challenges while navigating through COVID-19. Our biggest obstacles include average daily attendance of students, and district-wide staffing shortages.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

IDEA responded to the changing conditions of COVID-19 by remaining committed to the success of our students. We continuously tracked our goals to monitor student progress and achievement throughout the uncertainty of the pandemic. During the height of the pandemic, IDEA Public Schools implemented meal service for students and families, learning centers for IDEA families, and distance learning for all students, all while remaining committed to our #1 goal of College For All.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

1:1 Technology for students. IDEA Public Schools has committed to providing a device for each and every student to help close the technology gap, in and out of the classroom.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Idea Public Schools cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Idea Public Schools reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$543,474,193

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS A GROWING NETWORK OF A TUITION-FREE PRE-K - 12 PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS SERVING MORE THAN 49,480 STUDENTS IN 91 SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY, AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO, EL P ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Idea Public Schools is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


IDEA Public Schools prepares students from underserved communities for success in college.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


To ensure students reach their potential, IDEA Public Schools will become the region’s largest creator of college graduates.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: 100% annual College Matriculation of IDEA seniors

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Two: IDEA is an “A” rated district in Texas, FL and LA

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: 85% annual retention of staff members and 85% teachers

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

IDEA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team launched two programs, to help transform diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Mitigating Bias was launched in October 2021 as the first module in the Inclusive Leadership series to help leaders understand the different types of bias and how to mitigate bias in their work. Leadership Towards Equity was piloted in the 20-21 academic year and officially launched in October 2021 with 8 cohorts of leaders from across the organization who have undergone an extensive transformational training to become more equitable leaders. The purpose of these trainings is to educate leaders on DEI competencies by learning how to examine mindsets, behaviors, and structures to build awareness, knowledge, and skills and engage in open discourse. The goal is to build leaders who will be life-long learners committed to challenging the status quo, addressing the inequities that exist in our schools, and cultivating an environment of deep belonging

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The mission of IDEA's Advocacy Team is to develop, encourage and support the IDEA Team & Family to advocate for themselves and for a high-quality education that works for their family within their community. IDEA Advocacy staff members ensure all IDEA schools receive the funding, resources, and flexibility needed for our students to succeed by engaging federal, state, and local lawmakers. IDEA Advocacy has many programs that continue to support our work such as the Advocacy Action Team, Alumni Policy Fellowship, Teacher Policy Leadership Program, and IDEA Votes. To learn more about each of these programs, please visit the IDEA Advocacy website, https://ideapublicschools.org/support-idea/

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our priority was to begin the 2021-22 academic year with 100% in-person instruction across all regions and states. Current state requirements limited IDEA’s ability to offer students a virtual learning option at this time. In addition, our schools’ experience over the last year demonstrates that students learn best in person and that schools can operate safely with responsible precautions in place. IDEA believes that each of our campuses provide an environment that allows us to deliver on our promise of a safe and excellent education for every student

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Idea Public Schools is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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