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Cost of Back-to-School Supplies Burdens Poor Families

Back-to-School Supplies Burden Poor Families

Back-to-school supply lists are getting more expensive, and poor families are paying the price. These lists, some argue, are creating a "have and have-not" education system.

According to, school districts have less money for supplies, so parents are being relied on for items such as construction paper, markers, cleaning supplies, tissues, copy paper and ink. While this is a hassle for middle-class parents, it's a much bigger burden for poor families, who already struggle just to outfit their own kids for school, the article said. 

"At this moment it's a definite stretch," said Rhonda Maloney, a Project Hope client with two kids in school. Maloney, the article said, might need to buy a graphing calculator instead of paying the electric bill. "It's kind of like a pinching game. I try to pay the most important things first...but when it comes to going back to school, things kind of go downhill."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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