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    This first-in-the-nation program, which reimburses nonpublic schools for the salaries of qualified grades 3–12 STEM teachers, helps us achieve our goal of solving the tuition crisis and making our schools even better. Teach NYS led an advocacy campaign involving thousands of parents and students, and worked alongside bipartisan policymakers in Albany, to pass the original STEM bill in 2017. Since then, Teach NYS has successfully advocated for additional funding for this program, bringing total funding up to $120 million for the five-year period.

    Teacher Eligibility

    For a teacher to qualify for a reimbursement, the teacher must:

    1. Not teach any religious subjects at the school and:
    2. Meet one of the following criteria:
      • Be certified to teach [any subject or age] in New York State
      • Hold a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in any STEM subject or Education
      • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any STEM subject or Education and is currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in a STEM subject or Education

    Total STEM Funding Figures

    • $120 million has been allocated to nonpublic schools in NY for this program over five years
    • $5 million for the 2017-18 school year – Awarded already
    • $15 million for the 2018-19 school year – Awarded already
    • $30 million for the 2019-20 school year –Already Awarded
    • $30 million for the 2020-21 school year – Application window closed
    • $40 million for the 2021-22 school year – Application window open until August 1st. Access the application document here.

    Program Facts

    • This NYSED program reimburses nonpublic schools for a portion of the salaries of STEM subject teachers.
    • Teach will always continue to successfully maintain and/or increase total funding each year. We successfully increased from $5 million in Year 1 to $40 million for Year 5.
    • Teachers must be eligible and teach any grade 3-12
    • Nearly any eligible STEM subject is eligible, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math classes
    • Each year schools apply for reimbursements for about 1700 teachers

    Teach NYS’s Role

    • Championed the program since Day 1
    • Helped about 125 schools with applications in last round alone
    • Reviewed about 7 application per school
    • Assisted with 1600+ applications over four years, which is nearly 1/4 of all applications ever submitted
    • Spent about 2.5 hours applications for each school
    • Hosts webinars and walks schools through the application process
    • Helps schools identify and recruit more eligible teachers
    • Liaise with NYSED on behalf of schools

    Stats on schools Teach NYS helped in Year 3

    • Schools applied for reimbursement of about 1,318 STEM classes
    • Average teacher taught 3.5 classes and about 14.5 periods per week
    • Schools applied for reimbursement totaling 5500+ weekly periods
    • Schools applied for reimbursement of roughly 3,700 hours of weekly STEM classes, which equals roughly 147,000 hours per year.

    STEM Testimonials for Teach NYS from Schools

    • “Thanks so much for all of your support. It is tremendously appreciated.” – Rabbi Yahel Tsaidi, Head of Elementary School, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Brooklyn
    • “Got the feedback. Super helpful. So appreciative of your help and guidance.” – Barbara T. Etra, Principal, Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School, Manhattan
    • “I have to commend you and your team for your thoroughness and thoughtfulness in combing through not only our applications, but all the others. An oversized thank you!” – Nathaniel Gray, Enrollment Management Associate, The Park School, Buffalo
    • “I love your tenacity and drive to make sure that Jewish day schools get their even share of the money. Thank you for being there and having our backs! You are appreciated!” – Ofier Sigal, Principal of General Studies, North Shore Hebrew Academy Elementary School, Great Neck
    • “Thank you for hosting today’s call. It was very informative and it made me appreciate how much time and attention you give to ALL the schools. We are lucky to have you as a resource!” – Michelle Chrein, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Manhattan Day School, Manhattan

    If you would like your school to apply for this program, please contact katza@teachcoalition.org