Teacher's Choice

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The landmark City Council program, initiated by the UFT more than 25 years ago, reimburses educators — as determined by title — for the purchase of classroom supplies of their choice.

For the 2014-15 school year, we secured an increase in Teacher's Choice money to about $6.1 million to help cover what dedicated educators spend.

Teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, school secretaries and lab specialists are eligible for Teacher's Choice funding. Please check with your chapter leader to find out how much money has been allocated for your title.

To be reimbursed, educators must save their receipts for purchases made between Aug. 1, 2014, and Feb. 28, 2015. These receipts must accompany a Statement of Purpose/Accountability form. Once this form is available for this year, it will be posted on the DOE's Teacher's Choice website.

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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