A federal survey conducted by the Department of Education recently has shown that the majority of school faculty are still paying for most of their classroom’s supplies out of their own pockets. In fact, the study revealed that over 94% of teachers across our nation contribute to their classroom costs at a significant rate. One may presume that this was dependent on whether or not they were in lower or upper class areas, but economic surroundings proved to be of no relation. The financial status of the area the teachers work in did not show any indication of them spending more or less on supplies for their students. Teachers in wealthier areas still had to contribute just as much.
The average contribution of how much teachers typically contribute to their classroom supplies stood at $479 on an annual basis. Approximately seven percent of staff reported spending upwards of $1,000 on items for their student’s education. Many experts are pointing to the fact that these figures are due to our country underestimating how much financial help schools truly need. If funding for educational facilities increased, teachers may not have to pay so much out of pocket for school supplies.
There is a bright side to this situation. Some teachers have turned to crowdfunding in order to raise money for more educational tools, and these methods are proving to be very successful. A teacher by the name of Mr. Yung ended up raising over $3,000 in order to fund more materials for a school project surrounding insects. Until funding increases for classroom supplies, we can at least be fortunate that there are other avenues to acquire the necessary items for teaching important lessons.