Study: Teachers spending more money on school supplies

May 16, 2018 07:39 AM

It's no secret your kids' teachers spend their own money on school supplies, but a new report shows their spending more cash than ever before.

The survey, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, shows most teachers are spending nearly $500 a year and some are spending more than $1,000 every year on classroom supplies.

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Teachers are buying supplies like pencils, markers, and paper. If a teacher wants to do a special project with their class, it's likely they spend money on that, too.

Spending is more common in higher poverty districts like Rochester and other rural districts. More than 50 percent of children in the City of Rochester live below the poverty line.

Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski says teachers are paying the price.

"It's not unusual to hear teachers say that approximately $1000 to $1500 of their own money is spent, particularly at the primary and intermediate grade levels," Urbanski says. "That's what they're admitting. A lot of stuff they do for students that requires spending their own money, they keep confidential."

Urbanski points to the fact that some students might ask a teacher for a few dollars to eat lunch or for some other personal reason, and they are likely to help them.

Teachers are eligible for a $250 federal tax deduction for school supplies, but again, most of them are spending double that every year.

Urbanski says the only way to fix this problem is to have districts allocate more money for supplies. He intends to advocate for better funding for instructional supplies for teachers.


Kaci Jones

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