This should not be:
Indeed, a 2010 survey by the National School Supply & Equipment Association found that 92 percent of teachers spend their own money on supplies and 85 percent buy instructional materials for the people they teach. Perhaps more surprising, the study concluded that, “Teachers’ personal money is the most common source of funding for classroom projects. On average, teachers spent a total of $398 on school supplies in 2009-2010 and an additional $538 on educational materials.” The total expended that year by the nation’s 3.7 million teachers? A whopping $3.5 billion.
And it’s not just teachers. According to the Summer 2012 issue of NEA Today, the newsmagazine of the National Education Association, 66 percent of education support professionals – a category that includes bus drivers, custodians, lunchroom staff, secretaries, security guards and skilled trades people – dig into their pockets to help kids in need. Their expenditures? An average of $216 per employee per year.