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Teacher op-ed blasts legislature for lack of funding for classroom supplies

preschoolIn the coming weeks, students are preparing to return to the classroom in schools using the traditional school calendar.

And, according to this Raleigh teacher’s op-ed in The News & Observer this week, getting students ready for “back-to-school” in North Carolina  is more of a challenge than ever.

The author, Yolanda Barham, is a first-grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary School in Raleigh.

Read on.

From the N&O:

What many people don’t realize is that over the past few years, state lawmakers have drastically cut funding for classroom supplies–forcing teachers and parents to pick up the slack. On top of that, politicians eliminated a back-to-school sales tax holiday that used to save North Carolina families an estimated $15 million each year on school supplies. …

According to the Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina spent $59 per student on instructional supplies before the Great Recession began in 2008. But in the 2016-2017 school year, that will be down to about $30 per student.

Proper funding for classroom supplies should be a top priority for our state lawmakers. Unforunately, parents and teachers are being forced to fill an irresponsible funding gap created by the politicans in Raleigh.

… Nobody becomes a teacher to get rich, but we didn’t take a vow of poverty, either.

3 Comments


  1. George

    August 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    It not just supplies….Math does not lie….2008 a teacher with 24 years experience made $47,100 + $1532 longevity = $48,672 …. TODAY they make 48,000. At 2% inflation a 24 year teacher would need to be making $54,489 to break even with 2008.

  2. Amy Dempsey

    August 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I just spent over $70, and I am questioning why. Why am I doing this when there is a surplus of money in the state? My husband also works for the state, and he tells me everyday how people quit and aren’t replaced, and then the state contracts work to other states that costs us three to four times as much. I know why I spend. It is because my students need what I purchase. This is just the beginning, and my husband isn’t going to be happy with me for putting students before our retirement plans. Wake up NC and vote for those who care about all North Carolinians from infants to the elderly.

  3. Yolanda

    August 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    You’re absolutely right, George. Many of us have 1-2 part-time jobs to bridge that gap

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