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If you are a teacher or a school employee working in a non-instructional position, there are two primary considerations for unemployment benefits eligibility:
Apply for benefits in one of two ways:
Reasonable assurance is a commitment, either written or verbal, that you will have a job after scheduled breaks or in the next academic term at your school or any other school.
We cannot use your school wages in your base period, as defined in Eligibility & Benefit Amounts, to calculate your benefit amounts if you are on a scheduled break and any of the following apply:
If you have sufficient wages from a non-school job to qualify for benefits, we may be able to pay benefits based on the non-school wages.
If you receive reasonable assurance or get a school job after you apply for benefits, call a TWC Tele-Center immediately at 800-939-6631 and speak with a customer service representative.
Some schools offer financial incentives to persuade employees to resign or retire. If you voluntarily accept these incentives, you might not qualify for benefits. However, if your employer would have laid you off anyway, you might qualify even though you resigned or retired.
If you sign a resignation letter rather than accept a layoff it may affect your unemployment benefits because leaving a job voluntarily might disqualify you from receiving benefits. However, you may receive benefits if your employer would have let you go because of budget cuts, regardless of whether you signed the letter of resignation.
If you qualify for unemployment benefits, we will reduce your weekly benefits by any pension amount you received from an employer whose wages we used to calculate your benefits.