Application and Information

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) received notice, in late 2019, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the current Computer Science stipend payment system must be amended. This change is a result of audit findings from the IRS and subsequent guidance from the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), regarding payments of all bonuses and stipends. 


Under this revised process, funds will be disbursed by DESE to eligible educators’ employing school districts, charter schools, and education service cooperatives. These employers will then issue payment to the eligible educators as bonuses. For FY20 and FY21, the Office of Computer Science has sufficient funding to include matching taxes and benefits, including teacher retirement. The advantages of this process for the recipient of the bonus, is two-fold: 1) the recipient will not have to take additional steps report the bonus on their taxes as the appropriate rates will be withheld prior to the issuance of bonuses; and 2) the bonus will be included as part of the educator’s teacher retirement benefits. 


This change affects more than just the Computer Science Initiative Stipends, but our program’s stipend and award payments must comply with the changes.


Therefore, beginning on January 1, 2020, all Computer Science Initiative Bonus payments to Arkansas educators, will be sent to the educator’s employing district for distribution to the educators by their district as a bonus.


In order to lighten the potential burden on district personnel, the ADE Office of Computer Science will process these payments two times a calendar year based on the following schedule:


Districts will receive disbursements by August 15 - for approved applications/awards approved between January 1 and June 30; bonuses are to be paid to appropriate educators by September 30th.
Districts will receive disbursements by February 15 - for approved applications/awards approved between July 1 and December 31; bonuses are to be paid to appropriate educators by March 30th.

Districts will receive a list of educators meeting the eligibility criteria for receiving the bonus payments and the amounts they should receive. The districts will review received lists for any errors and notify the ADE. ADE will respond to any questions and make any needed corrections.

This change does not affect the 528 Computer Science Arkansas License Application/Renewal Fee Reimbursement, Computer Science PRAXIS Reimbursement, or CSTA Sponsorship/Reimbursement programs.

NOTICE: The bonus applicant may be required to upload a single PDF that contains documentation that demonstrates completion of the requirements of the bonus being sought (http://bit.ly/2v36qUU).

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* 1. What is your first name?

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* 2. What is your middle name?

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* 3. What is your last name?

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* 4. What is your mailing address? (Line 1)

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* 5. What is your mailing address? (Line 2 if needed)

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* 6. What is your mailing address city?

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* 8. What is your mailing address zip code?

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* 9. What is your daytime contact phone number (XXX-XXX-XXXX)?

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* 10. What is your workplace phone number (XXX-XXX-XXXX)?

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* 11. What is your Arkansas Educator Licensure System Case ID number. (This can be located by going to https://adeaels.arkansas.gov/AelsWeb/Search.aspx, searching your name, locating your record, and then looking in the upper left hand corner of the web page in the box labeled "Case ID.")

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* 12. What is the full name of the district, charter school, or education service cooperative that is your current employer?

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* 13. What is the state assigned LEA number for the district, charter school, or education service cooperative that is your current employer? (Available at https://adedata.arkansas.gov/spd/Home/districts)

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* 14. What is your work email address?

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* 15. I attended the required 5-day (30 hour) K-8 Computer Science Lead Teacher Training and am requesting the $500.00 bonus.

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* 16. I hold the 528 Endorsement on my Arkansas Educator's License and am requesting the $300.00 bonus.

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* 17. I hold the 528 Computer Science endorsement, have completed the requisites found on the K-8 Computer Science Lead Teacher Endorsement and Instruction Bonus Program Attestation (https://goo.gl/sXWZpE) during the first semester after I completed the requisite training. I am requesting the $600.00 bonus.

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* 18. I hold the 528 Computer Science endorsement, have completed the requisites found on the K-8 Computer Science Lead Teacher Endorsement and Instruction Bonus Program Attestation (https://goo.gl/sXWZpE) during the second semester after I completed the requisite training.  I am requesting the $600.00 bonus.

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* 19. Upload an Arkansas Computer Science K-8 Lead Teacher Professional Development Certificate from the host institution (for the initial $500) and/or  K-8 Computer Science Lead Teacher Endorsement and Instruction Bonus Program Attestation (for the two $600 bonuses). Summer 2020 participants will be certified via Zoom records that our staff has on file. If you are a summer 2020 participant, please upload a copy of the email from CSforAR@arkansas.gov confirming your registration.

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* 20. I understand that I, as an individual holding an Arkansas Educator's License, am bound by The Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators. Standard 3 states, "[a]n educator honestly fulfills reporting obligations associated with professional practices." Any submissions of this form that the ADE Office of Computer Science believes may be in violation of this standard will be reported to the ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board.

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