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McDonogh City Park Academy could leave state teachers pension system

As of its November meeting, McDonogh City Park Academy’s board of directors hadn’t decided if they will move teachers from the state-run Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana or offer 403(b) accounts, which are tax-sheltered accounts for education and nonprofit employees similar to 401(k) accounts.

The school’s charter is up for renewal at the end of December. The board hasn’t decided whether to join a charter-management organization for the 2015-16 school year or remain a standalone school.

The decision on joining a charter management organization probably will determine if the school continues with the state pension system or shifts to 403(b) accounts.

The school’s board was told the school actually had 447, not 446, students, enrolled as of Oct. 1, which is what the state’s per-pupil funding is based on.

McDonogh City Park Academy was chosen to pilot online testing with its 5th graders for the Common Core testing in March 2014. Board members agreed that the school has enough computers and wireless capabilities for the pilot program, but they were worried that the school will not have the technological capacity for the 2014-15 school year when the entire school is tested.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which has developed the tests, suggests that schools have a computer for every five students and a back-up Internet service provider in case service goes out during testing. McDonogh City Park Academy has about 90 computers.

The meeting lasted about 90 minutes. New board member Jason Hughes, governmental affairs director for Stand for Children Louisiana, was introduced to the board.

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    If both 403 (b) accounts and 401 (k) accounts have the same system to follow or the same process and benefits they are offering it is good to switch as early as possible to get the largest benefit if they want to switch for the new account but if they are thinking is it good for them or not then they need to continue with the old account and wait till the final decision of the committee or the board of directors.

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  • nickelndime

    MCDONOGH CITY PARK ACADEMY: A wink is the same as a nod to these blind charter boards: “403(b) accounts, which are tax-sheltered accounts for education and nonprofit employees similar to 401(k) accounts.” These people cannot figure out the academics. What makes anyone think they can do the math any better? Experienced certified teachers are the 2nd losers (they lose Teachers Retirement TRSL). The students are the first (losers). Come on down TFA. Come on down inexperienced new-teacher recruits. Principal/CEO Christine Mitchell should have done a better job of keeping this charter nonprofit board in check instead of just keeping up.