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 $178 million for the six-year period.
For a teacher to qualify for a reimbursement, the teacher must:
- Not teach any religious subjects at the school and:
- 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