We don't know even though the budget year is well under way. Read the email below from the UFT that I received this morning. We can spend our unspecified amount and start saving receipts today.
Let me see if I get this? The city has a budget but one full month into the fiscal year the Department of Education can't figure out how much individual teachers get to spend and won't know until September. This looks like just a little more DOE incompetence.
Why isn't the UFT criticizing the DOE on this matter?
We hope you are enjoying your summer. We want to remind you that today,
August 1, you can begin purchasing materials for your classroom using
Teacher's Choice funding.
Thanks to your advocacy efforts, we won a 27.5% overall increase in Teacher's Choice
funding in the new city budget to help cover your out-of-pocket expenses in the 2016-17
school year. Through social media and member lobbying, you helped to show the City
Council the direct impact of Teacher's Choice on student learning.
Last year, teachers received $122 in Teacher's Choice. We won't know the precise
amount that each teacher will receive this school year until September. The increase
this year will help to offset some of your spending on school supplies.
Remember to save your receipts! As in previous years, you will need to submit
receipts as proof of purchase along with the DOE's Statement of
Purpose/Accountability form in early 2017.
To learn more about Teacher's Choice please see the Teacher's Choice section of
the UFT website.
LeRoy Barr and Ellie Engler