K-12 Teachers Out of Pocket $1.6 Billion on Classroom Tools

Public school teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money on classroom supplies and gear in the 2012-2013 school year, according to a report released Wednesday. All told, teachers spent $3.2 billion on classroom tools this school year, only half of which was funded for them. The study found that 99.5 percent of all public school teachers spent some amount of money out of pocket, with the national average for 2013-2013 coming in at $485 among those surveyed. Source: THE Journal


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