Info you should know

July 6, 2017

More coverage for opioid treatment drugs

Following a new state mandate, EmblemHealth and the other New York City employee health plans will now cover members for medicines used to treat substance-use disorders, including medicines usually prescribed for opioid addiction and dependence.

June 1, 2017

Help for struggling tenured teachers

The Peer Intervention Program (PIP), a collaborative program between the Department of Education and the UFT, helps tenured teachers who are struggling in their schools or who wish to further refine and improve their pedagogical skills.

New school-employee parking procedures

Starting on May 18, the school’s on-street parking spots became available on a first-come, first-served basis.

April 6, 2017

45-day enrollment period begins May 1 for Catastrophe Major Medical Plan

UFT members who are in-service and reside in New York State may enroll in this plan during this limited time.

Tax deductions for educators

Eligible educators can deduct up to $250 ($500 if married, filing jointly and both spouses are educators, but not more than $250 each) of any unreimbursed expenses in 2016 for materials they use in the classroom, according to the IRS.

March 2, 2017

Apply for a sabbatical leave by March 17

Eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills have until Friday, March 17, to submit an application on SOLAS for a study sabbatical for the 2017–18 school year. 

Deduction increases for transit plans

If you use TransitChek, the MTA will be raising various transit fares effective March 19, including the 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, which will increase from $116.50 to $121.

February 2, 2017

Tax deductions for educators

According to the IRS, if you are an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $250 ($500 if married, filing jointly and both spouses are educators, but not more than $250 each) of any unreimbursed expenses you paid in 2016 for books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment and supplementary materials you use in the classroom.

January 5, 2017

Teacher’s Choice spending deadline is fast approaching

Jan. 15 is the deadline for spending your Teacher’s Choice funds.

December 1, 2016

DOE aligns city teaching licenses with state certification

The Department of Education has expanded the grade-level boundaries for a number of teaching licenses in order to ensure that city licenses align with state certificates.

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