Teacher's Choice

Generic image - piggybank, teacher's choice Teachers may begin spending for the 2014-15 school year on Aug. 1. There will be an increase in Teacher's Choice funding; please check back for an update on the exact amount.

The City Council and the mayor adopted a city budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that provided nearly a $1 million increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice.

The landmark City Council program, initiated by the UFT more than 25 years ago, will reimburse educators — as determined by title — for the purchase of classroom supplies of their choice in the 2013-2014 school year.

The new reimbursements are:

  • $57 for all teachers;
  • $37 for social workers, school psychologists and guidance counselors;
  • $20 for school secretaries; and
  • $30 for lab specialists.

To be reimbursed, educators must save their receipts for purchases made between Aug. 1, 2013, and Feb. 28, 2014.

Purchases must be appropriate educational materials for classroom use or other professional assignments. The Teachers’ Choice stipend is not intended for purchases of basic supplies such as textbooks, chalk, paper, microscopes and math manipulatives, which principals are contractually obligated to provide. If that obligation is not met, let your chapter leader know.

Educators are encouraged to take advantage of the many deals on school supplies being offered throughout the city and online.

Educators are also reminded that other unreimbursed spending on school supplies may be tax-deductible.

Still have questions?

A helpful source of information is the Teacher’s Choice section of the DOE website. You'll find a summary of your guidelines and responsibilities, a calendar of key dates and frequently asked questions.

For additional information or assistance from the DOE, please contact the DOE Office of Special Projects Unit at 718-935-3304 or email specialprojects@schools.nyc.gov. At the UFT, contact Amy Arundell at aarundell@uft.org.

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