The average teacher spent nearly $500 on school supplies during the 2014 to 2015 school year. Seven percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 on school supplies. Teachers spend more money when they work in a high-poverty school than in a wealthier school. Fifty percent of public schools are eligible for the free lunch program. This is a sign that the school is in a high-poverty area.
Teachers around the country are going on strike. They are complaining about the low pay. They are also complaining about the condition of the schools. The average teacher in America earns $56,000 per year. This is a 1.3 percent drop from 2010. Teachers are allowed to deduct their expenses from their taxes.
Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers. She stated that the teacher walkout should not be necessary. The teacher spending issue should have been addressed a long time ago. She also stated that no other job requires that an employee buy their own supplies for their job.
The teacher’s strike in Arizona was a success. The governor signed a bill that would increase teacher pay by 20 percent. This was one of the biggest teacher strikes in history. In North Carolina, thousands of teachers in Raleigh will rally. They are trying to get more funding from the government. They are also rallying to get a pay increase.
The Education Department took samples from all 50 states including Washington D.C. They surveyed principals, teachers and other people who work in the educational field.