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Good news! The Teacher’s Choice Program, which is funded by the City Council, has been renewed for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Funding levels have increased this year compared to last year. The Division of Financial Operations (DFO) administers the annual Teacher’s Choice Program which provides funding to eligible educators to purchase instructional materials and classroom supplies. This program maximizes flexibility in that funding is provided directly to the employee to make purchases according to his or her needs. In order to be eligible, employees must be actively employed as of the first business day of November 2015 (Monday, November 2nd). High school assistant principals and permanent substitute teachers/ROTC instructors: You must submit either the High School Assistant Principal Certification Form or Substitute/ROTC Certification Form (as appropriate) to the Teacher’s Choice Unit by October 16, 2015 in order to receive funds during the fall distribution (late November).Eligible purchases using Teacher’s Choice funds can be made as early as August 1, 2015 even though funds will not be distributed until late fall. In order for these early purchases to qualify, you must save your original receipts. If you do not wish to participate in this program this school year, please be sure to submit a Request for Non-Participation (Opt Out Form) no later than October 23, 2015. Otherwise, once funds are received, the employee must either use the money as prescribed herein or reimburse the DOE. Further details and forms can be found in the Key Documents section. Please be sure to bookmark this page and check back periodically to ensure that you are in full compliance with all program requirements.