READING, WRITING AND $459
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.