Teachers spend, on average, about $485 of their own money on school supplies for their classrooms each year, a new national survey shows.
American public-school teachers spend, on average, about $485 of their own money on school supplies for their classrooms each year, a new national survey shows.
According to Frederick County elementary teacher Casey Keyser, first-year teachers spend the most because they're starting from scratch, and need to buy almost everything from big-ticket items such as bookshelves to small items such as special tape to hang decorations.
"I think it really hit me when I did my taxes after my first year of teaching, and I turned in over $4000 worth of receipts, and no one had told me you're only allowed to claim up to $250," Keyser revealed.
The survey from the National School Supply and Equipment Association finds most teachers are doing their shopping at discount stores, in order to afford more for their students.
Baltimore County elementary schoolteacher Kim Solomon said she doesn't always let the rest of her family know how much she's spending on her classroom, and she's bought some interesting things like earthworms for a science lesson, what she called "things that will make it more engaging for the students to want to learn."
Both teachers are calling on their local school systems to boost resources for teachers, especially as they tackle the state's new curriculum.