Teacher’s Choice

Update: 2013/2014 Teacher’s Choice Program

Good news! The Teacher’s Choice Program, which is funded by the City Council, has been renewed for the upcoming school year 2013-2014. Note that 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 November 1st.

High school assistant principals and permanent substitute teachers/ROTC instructors with a ‘5BA’ or ‘5BP’ status: 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 18, 2013 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, 2013 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 25, 2013. Otherwise, once funds are received, the employee must either use the money as prescribed herein or reimburse the DOE.

In an effort to reduce the administrative burden placed on principals and their schools, DFO has streamlined the administration of the Teacher’s Choice Program. The below documents were created to summarize the changes that are being made while also outlining the new process:


Please be sure to check this Web site regularly as any updates will be posted here. For additional information or assistance, please contact the Teacher’s Choice Unit: