Education spending: A personal view

I thought folks might be interested to know how much we are spending on supplies for next year. I've been teaching for nearly 25 years so I've seen a lot but I've never seen a supply order allotment this small. Each year we are given a set amount we can spend and a supply list to pick items from. The county then orders our supplies and they are waiting for us when we return in August. I'm talking about pens, pencils, paper, paper clips, crayons, markers, pencil sharpeners, file folders, construction paper, rulers, index card and the like. I think when I started teaching we had around $120-140 to spend. This year we had $50 to spend. I got some red and black pens, a few #2's, some sticky notes, and a couple of dozen rulers and it was gone!

As a county we rank in the bottom 15% of the 115 lea's in local per pupil spending and as a state we rank 46th in the nation in per pupil spending. I haven't had a raise in three years and my advanced degree and board certification pay is being threatened. My school is already overcrowded and class sizes are set to increase even more next year. I don't have any money to chip in for what we don't have without hurting my own family.

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The county then orders our supplies and they are waiting for us when we return in August. I'm talking about pens, pencils, paper, paper clips, crayons, markers, pencil sharpeners, file folders, construction paper, rulers, index card and the like. I think when I started teaching [25 years ago] we had around $120-140 to spend. This year we had $50 to spend.

Emphasis mine.

The revenue side of the equation matters, people.

It matters in business. It matters in government.

It is past time to look at the revenue side of the budget equation to keep schools functioning. This goes for state legislators (income/sales taxes) and county commissioners (property taxes).

 

Reaching Art Pope

Ask the Puppetmaster for help. I suggest sending him an email and calling - via Variety Wholesalers. Maybe if his employees begin to understand what a fucking disaster King Pope is for North Carolina, he'll pony up the $80 you need.

info@vwstores.com
(252) 430-2600

In the meantime, send me your name and mailing address by private message. I'll send you the money. Somebody has to counterbalance Pope's reign of terror.

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We are not amused.

Well it's obvious you and other teachers...

are responsible for the collapse of the economy. It's those poor hedge-fund managers that have to pay for fresh lobster now on their private jets that we should be worried about.

Syd

Thanks for all you do, Huh

I think teaching is the noblest of professions, and it breaks my heart to see our teachers treated so poorly.

Some other examples of

Some other examples of cutting back as funds dry up include shortages of paper, worn out copiers, no replacement ink for printers, no replacement bulbs for LCD projectors, and worn out computers.

Here are some examples of how budget cuts directly hurt student learning. We are shrinking pages to half size and putting two on a sheet. We are requiring students to write on their own paper so we can keep a class set to use over and over again. This might not seem like that big a deal unless you understand that students with learning disabilities (not to mention those that need glasses but don't know it or can't afford to buy them) do not perform as well when dealing with small print. We teach students testing strategies like numbering paragraphs, highlighting key words, circling or underlining etc. etc. all of which they can't do when we use class sets.

These are just a couple of examples off the top of my head. Suffice it to say students can't work up to their full potential when measures like these are taken. I know the right loves to complain that pouring money into education doesn't improve results but I can promise them that a lack of adequate funding leads to diminishing results.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

This is where the myopia of the right-wingers gets stupid

I know the right loves to complain that pouring money into education doesn't improve ...

Education has benefits that reach far beyond the classroom. A more educated populace is less likely to use public "safety net" services, less likely to resort to crime, have babies out of wedlock, and attracts business and investment. The short sightedness just makes no sense in the long run (or short run for that matter).

They don't seem to realize that you can put money into schools now or spend the money later on prisons and social services.

Nice post. Hope some folks in Raleigh read it.

Please send to your Rep and Senator

Huh,

Thanks for sharing this with us, and thanks for the work that you do every day.

Please send your comments to your state Representative and state Senator. They do read this type of correspondence. Even if they're supporters, they need constituents' stories to support their arguments on the floor and in committees.

Mike

I'm afraid that all of my

I'm afraid that all of my state representatives are Republicans so it will do no good to offer this anecdotal evidence.

I'm a moderate Democrat.