In 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.
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.