Teacher Out of Pocket Contributions to Classrooms

We take for granted as parents what our teachers contribute every year to make sure our children’s classrooms have the materials they need.  We know as parents we get a list every year to contribute supplies, but in many cases those materials run out halfway through the year. There’s no reason our teachers should have to be purchasing books and furniture out of their own pockets.  The UCS Board needs to make smart budget decisions to support our educators.

It's pretty commonly known that elementary school teachers take money out of their own paychecks to create their classrooms each year, but what's not commonly known is how much they spend per year.

Especially at Utica Community Schools (UCS), costs can range anywhere between $200 to $500 per year to get a classroom ready for the year, increasing to almost $1,000 for a first-year teacher.

The amount of money teachers spend out of pocket to set up a classroom for the school year has increased in recent years due to schools enacting budget cuts.

For UCS teachers, contract negotiations and budgets cuts have made it even tougher to get through the year on salaries that are decreasing rather than increasing. - via Macomb Daily News

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