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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Teachers Spend $485 / Year on Their Classrooms
Posted: Jul 14, 2013 2:48 PM
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From Education Week Teacher, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. See
Survey: Teachers Spend $485 Per Year on Their Classrooms

By Liana Heitin // By guest blogger Sean Cavanagh

This post originally appeared on Education Week's Marketplace K-12 blog.

Roughly half the amount that the nation's public school teachers are
spending on educational products is being covered with their own
money, a new nationwide survey shows.

All told, teachers spent about $3.2 billion on various types of
supplies and materials during the 2012-13 academic year, according to
the survey, released recently by the National School Supply and
Equipment Association. Half that total amount, $1.6 billion, came out
of educators' own pockets.

The per-teacher breakdown is as follows: The average educator forked
out about $198 of their own money on instructional materials, $149 on
school supplies, and $139 on other classroom materials, for a total
of $485 last academic year, according to the survey.

In total, nearly all teachers-99.5 percent-reported digging into
their own pockets to cover the costs on classroom supplies or
materials, according to the association. The portion of teachers
doing so appears to have risen over time. (See the chart from the
survey at the website above.)

The majority of educators, 55 percent, did their shopping at discount
stores, an increase from 30 percent from one of the association's
previous surveys, in 2006. Just 9 percent said they spent their own
money at "parent-teacher" stores, the survey says.

Some teachers also headed online to make those purchases: Sixteen
percent reported buying over the Internet when they needed to buy
their own educational products, a number that has risen over time,
the authors said.

Teachers are also downloading items for free from the Web. Eighty
percent reported obtaining math and spelling worksheets that way;
more than 40 percent did so for mazes and learning games, and smaller
percentages did so for holiday decorations, maps, and other items.

The survey was based on responses collected from about 400
elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The association
released a summary of the survey findings to Education Week. The full
report is available at a cost from the association, a trade
organization based in Silver Spring, Md., representing suppliers and
distributors of educational products, among others.

In some cases, parents were asked to chip in for their children's
classroom materials. Twenty-five percent of teachers reported that
parents were asked to do this, presumably by the school, a decrease
from 47 percent in a 2010 survey.
GRAPHIC: Percent of Teachers Spending Personal Money ... got to
website above, scroll down.
For a visual look at the breakdown of what teachers are spending
their own money on, check out the graphic at the website.
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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