The TOT Program provides funds to school districts to aid in the recruitment and retention of teachers. Priorities are: (1) Schools Under Registration Review (SURR) with a teacher or subject area shortage; (2) low-performing schools with a teacher or subject area shortage; and (3) schools with a teacher or subject area shortage. Funds are provided to school districts in six component areas: (1) Teacher Recruitment Incentive--provides funds to supplement the salaries of certified teachers in shortage areas who have not previously taught in a district; (2) Science, Mathematics and Bilingual Education Tuition Reimbursement Program--provides $5 million to school districts to reimburse transitionally certified teachers for courses taken towards meeting requirements for a professional certification to teach science, mathematics or bilingual education in low-performing schools; (3) Summer in the City--provides funds to the Big Five City School Districts: New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers, to work with colleges to provide an urban experience for preservice teachers; (4) Master Teacher--provides funds for districts to place teachers with National Board Certification into low-performing schools in an expanded role; (5) Tuition Reimbursement--provides funds to districts to assist teachers without professional certification to obtain professional certification in shortage areas; and (6) Summer Teacher Training--provides funds to New York City School Districts only to provide an intensive summer training program to teachers teaching for the first time in the city. Districts may request funds in any or all of these components.
Federal Statute: Chapter 62 of the Laws of 2000 as amended by Chapters 382 and 383 of the Laws of 2001
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 4,700 (2014-15)