Info you should know

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.

Student debt scams on the rise

Beware of the commercials, Facebook ads or letters promising to eliminate your student debt or cut your payments to nearly nothing.

November 3, 2016

New state certification requirements

During the five-year period starting on July 1, 2016, professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 professional development hours, now called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours.

September 8, 2016

New breast-pumping benefit for mothers

A New York City Health Benefits Program improvement now available to city workers covered by GHI CBP makes breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling available with no co-pay or deductible.

Phone lines set to open for Dial-A-Teacher

The phones at Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT’s long-running homework help line, will start ringing again this school year on Monday, Sept. 19.

July 7, 2016

UFT borough offices are open for business this summer!

All UFT offices will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 1, and will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

‘Visit’ a doctor by phone or online

Telemedicine, which provides online consultations with doctors, dieticians and other providers, is available now for UFT members employed by the Department of Education who are GHI subscribers.

June 2, 2016

Sign up for a DASA summer workshop

The UFT will offer two six-hour workshops on the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) this summer to paraprofessionals and other educators who need that workshop to fulfill certification requirements.

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