Teachers Spend Nearly $500 of Own Money on School Supplies for Kids, Report Finds

May 16, 2018 6:40 am Last Updated: May 16, 2018 6:40 am

A new report from the Education Department reveals the shocking statistic that 94 percent of U.S. public school teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement.

According to the Chicago Tribune, one Tulsa teacher last year even resorted to panhandling to pay for school supplies.

And while teachers are entitled to a $250 tax deduction for classroom supply spending, the report states that, on average, they spend $479.

Sen. Susan Collins, who was involved in the effort to get Congress to pass the measure allowing teachers to be reimbursed for classroom spending, called the deduction a “small token of appreciation.”

“At virtually every school, I have met teachers who are spending money out of their own pockets to benefit their students,” Collins said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The findings from the survey, prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics, follow protests by educators who are asking for more pay and funding.