Thursday, July 27, 2017

TEACHER'S CHOICE $250 FOR TEACHERS FOR 2017-2018

I just received this text from Rachel from the UFT:

Good news! The UFT fought for & won a big increase in Teacher's Choice funding for the 2017-18 school year. Teachers will each receive $250.

This is from UFT.org:

To make use of your Teacher's Choice funds, educators must save their receipts for purchases made between Aug. 1, 2017 and mid-January, 2018. These receipts must accompany a Statement of Purpose/Accountability form. You can find this form and other forms under the Key Documents section of the DOE's Teacher's Choice website [soon to be updated for 2017–18].

Members receive their Teacher's Choice funds in their late November paychecks. Those who do not wish to participate must submit a Request for Non-Participation (Opt Out Form). If you receive the Teacher's Choice funds in your paycheck and do not file an accountability form with required receipts by the deadline, you will be obligated to refund the money to the DOE.

If you don't like Teacher's Choice, you can opt out.

Others can do the editorializing here. I am just giving the information and saying to start buying school supplies on August 1 and don't forget to keep those receipts in a safe place.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

How about going back to 8.25% in the TDA? Or getting us raises of more than 1% per year? Wow, so we can now buy paper, oh yeah, school are suppose to provide that...Or we can buy pens because students dont bother bringing their own...What a scam.

James Eterno said...

We went from 8.25% to 7% to get the two days back before labor Day that we gave back in 2005. Those days cost us about $1 Billion each. As for raises, the next one should be around 2% a year so I guess that will thrill some people.

Anonymous said...

We gave those 2 days back in the first place, just to get them later, dont justify it.

Anonymous said...

Financial peril, remember? Why not restore it? How about 8%? Or 7.5%?

James Eterno said...

I agree but what chance do we have to get these take-backs in this atmosphere and as a totally non mobilized force?

Anonymous said...

I would gladly not receive anything from Teachers Choice in exchange for 2 observations like the rest of NYS. This would cost NYC nothing.

Anonymous said...

Getting those 2 days back cost us over a BILLiON dollars for each day. Yet the UFT texts me while I'm driving with their latest victory of getting us $250 for teacher's choice - the amount we used to get. I thought the North Koreans launched a egg roll rocket. Hopefully they'll aim it at 52 Broadway. Those fat slobs will have it eaten before it hits the roof.

Anonymous said...

Yes!

James Eterno said...

Is that two observations and a parking permit back? Welcome back. You are half way there with the parking permit.

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Anonymous said...

It will be great I get Teachers Choice while I must be concerned about getting shot, robbed, mugged, or my card vandalized, etc in the neighborhoods... Police are looking for two people who have been sticking up stores in Brooklyn.

The man and woman have allegedly knocked off eight stores in less than two weeks.

The spree began on July 17. At 2:20 a.m. the pair held up the EBC Deli on Broadway in Bushwick, before taking off on Dekalb Ave.

The most recent robbery was on July 26, at Fares Deli on Pitkin Ave in Cypress Hills. One of the men walked behind the counter, pulled out a gun, and took $600 from the register.
The two are suspected in a series of similar armed robberies at delis and convenience stores in the East New York, Cypress Hills, Bed Stuy, and Bushwick sections of the boro.

The man has been described as black, between 20 and 30-years-old, 5’8″, 160 lbs, and was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a white hooded sweater, black pants, and black sneakers.

The woman was also described as black. She is 5’6″ tall, 135 lbs, between 20 and 30 years old, and was last seen wearing a black du-rag, black long-sleeved shirt, black jeans, a black purse, and was seen with the male suspect in at least three of the robberies.

Anonymous said...

2 Observations and Parking permit guy is back all right! Been enjoying my summer and lurking on the sidelines of the blogs. And yes, the battle is half way there. UFT and DOE can totally pull it off by writing in to NYSED and we can get those 2 observations. GO FOR IT UFT!

Anonymous said...

I'm an ATR. I haven't received any parking permit. Has any other ATR?

Anonymous said...

The reduction from 8.25-7% cost individual members TENS OF THOUSANDS of $$ over the course of a career. The UFT did so very quietly and it worked. Most of NYC's "Brightest" never even noticed. And you think the UFT is working for you?
HA HA HA HA!

Anonymous said...

No one thinks the UFT is working for them except Mike and Amy.

Anonymous said...

This is from the ICE blog from 2009 on the interest rate reduction. You voted for it in 2014.

Randi motivated the deal by saying that the two days before Labor Day were something that many members asked for and she continued by noting that state revenues are dropping fast and our pension funds lost between 30-40% in assets. She added that the current situation would end up like the seventies with things done to us but instead we kept control of our destiny by agreeing to a deal that preserved the age 55 retirement for most members and also having the city agree with us to lobby jointly for more funding for the schools. She didn’t mention the TDA interest rate being reduced from 8.25% to 7% until it came up in discussion and she also didn’t see fit to refer to the fact that we are paying for the other half of our two recovered days of vacation by using funds set aside our next Contract.

The discussion that followed her report, as usual, was dominated by seven Unity people praising the deal and only two speakers were allowed to voice dissent.

The first speaker against talked about how it was fundamentally wrong to set up a new pension tier for yet to be hired teachers. The other opposition voice, Peter Lamphere from Bronx HS of Science, said that this pension deal should be voted on by the entire membership, not merely the DA, as it is a fundamental change in our Contract . Randi replied that there wasn’t time but we would have a say on it as part of the next Contract ratification. The pension deal overwhelmingly was approved by the DA but if people knew the true cost to all of us, not just yet to be hired teachers, I wonder if they would be so enthusiastic.