June 30, 2016
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED
Subject: Literacy and Mathematics Achievement Academy Teacher Stipends
This summer Literacy Achievement Academies for kindergarten and grade 1 teachers and Mathematics Achievement Academies for teachers of students in grades 2 and 3 will be offered to eligible participants across the state. The agency is required to grant priority for academy participation and stipend eligibility to teachers employed at campuses at which 50% or more of the students enrolled are educationally disadvantaged (eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program).
TEA will process payments to school districts and charter schools for disbursement to eligible teachers who completed a Literacy Achievement Academy or Mathematics Achievement Academy during summer 2016. Teachers who completed academy training and who submitted a signed verification form accepting the stipend upon completion of the training are entitled to receive a $350 stipend in accordance with state law (TEC, §21.4552 and §21.4553).
Once stipend information has been verified and processed, TEA will issue a payment to each school district and charter school that had at least one eligible teacher complete an approved academy. Districts and charter schools are required to pay teacher stipends in a timely manner. Districts and charter schools will be notified of the payment and will be provided a detailed list of teachers who are to receive the stipend. Correspondence will be sent to the district or charter school superintendent as well as to the district business office at the email address on file with TEA. Funds received for teacher stipends for the Literacy Achievement Academies and Mathematics Achievement Academies should be accounted for in fund code R-429, State Funded Special Revenue Funds.
Teachers who do not receive payment within 30 days of completion of academy should first contact their district or charter school business office, followed by the ESC responsible for the academy the teacher attended. For general questions regarding the academies, please contact Chelaine Marion, Director of Foundation Education, by telephone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information regarding the Literacy and Mathematics Achievement Academies is available online at www.tea.texas.gov/Curriculum/Academies.
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