It’s well-documented, even by the IRS, how much U.S. public school teachers spend to buy supplies for their classrooms. This fact alone proves that most if not all teachers care about the children they teach putting another lie in its grave and again I ask, “Who is spreading these lies and why are they doing it?”
In August 2016, Time.com reported, “The Education Market Association says that virtually all teachers wind up paying out of pocket for supplies, and it’s not chump change, either. On average, most spent nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. All told, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifted from parents — or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts — onto teachers themselves.”
I spent money on my classroom too. Some years I spent several hundred. Other years I spent more than one thousand dollars. The IRS only allowed teachers to deducted up to $500 off their net pay … not off the taxes they have to pay. I always spent more than the maximum allowed deduction. The average teacher pay in the United States is $56,383 annually. Before deductions, that puts the taxpayer in a 17- percent tax bracket. That means that most teachers see their tax go down $85 for that $500 deduction.
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and disabled Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
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