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Teachers Pay High Out-of-Pocket Expenses as They Head Back to School

Teachers Pay Out of Pocket for School Supplies

Back-to-school time is already here for many, and parents are rushing to get the latest deals. Even teachers are spending a large chunk of their own money on supplies for their classrooms and students. Teach for America said teachers will spend an average of $1,000 of their own money this school year. 

According to, teachers buy decorations, office supplies, technology and more in order to provide the best education possible for their students. 

Rachel Armstrong, a teacher in Indianapolis, spends over $1,000 each year. 

"Ninety percent of our school is free and reduced [-price lunch], and so when students don't have what they need basically at home, that trickles down to the school, and teachers help [meet] their basic needs."

Armstrong, among other teachers, has joined to fund needed supplies without spending her own money. 

"I didn't have a pencil sharpener, I didn't have a tape dispenser," she said. "They helped me get those basic things and they've helped me reach some of the goals that I want...of buying technology, getting technology into the students' hands."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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