Teacher Cannot Afford Groceries And Supplies So Strangers Help Out
Cailyn Finkel 12/4/2018
Our country's dedicated teachers pour their hearts and souls into making sure our youth has the best future possible - but they're often paid little in return. In addition to their subpar salaries, educators are expected to dole out their hard-earned cash for classroom supplies.
From tape to binders, decorations to printer paper, teachers spend hundreds of dollars on their students every year with little to no reimbursement from their school districts.
Most people are aware of this serious problem plaguing our public schools. But what happens when we spot a teacher struggling to make the choice between their own well-being and buying school supplies that should be provided by the district? Well, if you're the people in this episode of What Would You Do, you'd have an extremely strong reaction...
"According to a federal Department of Education survey released on Tuesday, 94 percent of public school teachers in the United States reported paying for supplies without reimbursement in the school year that straddled 2014 and 2015.
It made little difference whether they taught in cities, suburbs or rural areas, or whether or not their students were poor - virtually every public school teacher said they had used their own money for their classrooms...
The teachers who reported spending their own money on supplies shelled out $479 each on average, according to the survey. Seven percent reported spending more than $1,000.
The findings, based on a nationally representative sample of tens of thousands of teachers, underscore the demands teachers across the country have been making in recent months amid protests over stagnant pay and underfunding...
On average, public school teachers earned just under $60,000 last school year, according to the National Education Association, but pay is so low in some areas that officials have been recruiting overseas."
Not only are teachers expected to spend their own money on supplies, but they're also paid an unreasonable salary for the amount of work they put in!