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Some­thing to pon­der as the na­tion’s school year gets un­der­way. For some of the prin­ci­ple play­ers, it is not an easy time. Teach­ers are tap­ping into their own wal­lets to buy class­room sup­plies, and nine out of 10 will not be re­im­bursed ac­cord­ing to sur­vey data from the Na­tional Cen­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Sta­tis­tics.

“The na­tion’s kinder­garten through 12th-grade pub­lic school teach­ers shell out, on av­er­age, $459 on school sup­plies for which they are not re­im­bursed. This fig­ure does not in­clude the dol­lars teach­ers spend but are re­im­bursed for by their school dis­tricts. The $459-perteacher av­er­age is for all teach­ers, in­clud­ing the small (4.9%) share who do not spend any of their own money on school sup­plies,” The Eco­nomic Pol­icy In­sti­tute says in its anal­y­sis of the data.

Teach­ers in Cal­i­for­nia spend the most at $664 each, fol­lowed by Hawaii ($561), Ari­zona ($552), New Mex­ico ($545), Rhode Is­land ($538), Wash­ing­ton, D.C. ($527), Delaware ($507), Alaska ($496), Mary­land ($492) and New York — to round out the top-10.

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