A. Training is either voluntary or mandatory. If it is mandatory DOE has to pay you your hourly rate thanks to Art. 9J in your contract. When it is voluntary, DOE offers a â€œstipendâ€ for teachers to attend which is based on availability of funds. Henceforth the SFA/DI training was voluntary and as the legislature continually under budgets DOE the funding is not available so we cannot legally mandate that DOE pays you. In the future, to avoid this from happening do not voluntarily attend trainings. Let the Department mandate it so that you are guaranteed to be paid. Click here for more FAQâ€™s. We will constantly be updating the FAQâ€™s as we visit more schools and eventually the rest of the agencies.