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Teacher’s Choice for the 2021-2022 School Year

Thanks to the UFT’s advocacy for its members, funding for the Teacher’s Choice program was fully restored for the 2021-22 school year. 

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 and school supplies of their choice. This year, personal protective equipment is an allowable expense. 

his year’s allotment by title
Title Amount
Teachers $250
School counselors $110
Social workers and psychologists $110
Universal literacy coaches $110
Single Shepherds $110
Occupational and physical therapists $95
School nurses $95
Lab specialists $85
School secretaries $60

Substitute teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors and school secretaries will receive the same amount as a regularly appointed employee in the same job title.

The purchasing period for eligible supplies runs from Aug. 1, 2021, through mid-January. To receive reimbursement through Teacher’s Choice, you must submit receipts as proof of purchase along with a DOE Statement of Purpose/Accountability form.

You will receive your Teacher’s Choice funds in your last November or first December paycheck.

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