Are school supplies getting ridiculous?

Tanya - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 61 moms have responded )

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I COMPLETELY understand that as parents we need to buy supplies for our children, what Im having a problem with is buying things such as batteries for the active boards..etc. To be honest, to get my kids in school is becomming a bit unrealistic, I dont remember my parents spending even half as much to get 3 of us in school..UGH..

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Maureen - posted on 08/12/2012

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I am a mother of eight and have six in school.

I have been an educator and now am a business owner.

If I told any of my clients that they had to PROVIDE ME With the supplies that I needed to perform the job they were paying me to perform ... I would not have any clients left.

In ANY industry there is a COST of doing business. In ANY job - there is a COST of performing your duties, whether it is the scrubs you have to purchase as a nurse or the briefcase you need as a lawyer or the apron and good shoes you need as a waitress.

I have had children in school for over 16 years now and every year the supply requirements move farther and farther away from the things that actually enhance my children's EDUCATION.

I am an EXTREMELY HIGHLY EDUCATED person myself, and I did not need dry erase markers, post-it notes, or ziploc bags to be educated. I went to school with paper, pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, folders, and markers. I learned how to do complex math equations without a 100.00 calculator in high school. I can actually add and subtract instantaneously in my head and am always disheartened by the real fact that few teenagers working in retail can make change without a computer telling them how to.

The point is that our education systems have disintegrated with regards to the quality of education our children are receiving. All the smart boards in the world will not teach a child how to correctly decline an English sentence or add fractions in their heads so that someday they may actually be able to double a recipe. High school students may be able to solve a theorem using a 100.00 calculator, but cannot figure out why on earth I would hand them $21.65 to pay a $6.65 grocery check ... they really do not realize that it is so that I receive $15.00 in change to reduce the bulk in my wallet.

This year - I wrote a letter to the superintendent asking for an explanation as to why the BUSINESS of our school system is run so poorly that parents (CLIENTS) now have to supply the business itself. Because schools have little competition ... they have and continue to get away with these increasing demands to fund some of their supply costs of doing business.

I do not mind being ASKED to help with a shortage in any area of the schools supply and janitorial needs ... but I am not ASKED - it is not demanded of me to do so.

THAT is what I have a problem with.

Reenmomofmany

Nancy - posted on 06/26/2013

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Our school dist. Has an amazing plan that we have had for years with 100 % of students enrolled, the school buys all supplies for the year put it in a bag and sells it to each student last year our 7th grade class supplies were $45 everyone loves loves this program. Nancy

Kayla - posted on 09/02/2009

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I work in retail and ive seen the list of supplies students need for school, and I am not looking foward to my son going into kindergarden next year because of it.. Teachers are tooo picky on what the kids "need" I have heard alot of parents complain about the supplies they buy and the hundreds of dollars they spend.

Staci - posted on 08/05/2009

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I had to purchase 2 kinds of crayons (an 8-count and a 24-count). I spent $120 on school supplies for 2 kids and they are both in elementary!

Helen - posted on 08/02/2009

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In my son's Grade 4 immersion program, our list includes (wait for it...) 24 pencils; 1 pkg markers; 1 pkg coloured pencils; 2 glue sticks; 1 pair scissors; 2 erasers; 400 sheets paper; 1 ruler; 12 plastic duotangs; 2 boxes kleenex; 1 box of large Ziploc bags; 2 pencil cases; 6 Hilroy notebooks; 1 10-pack of pocket folder duo tangs; 1 pencil sharpener; 1 pkg of graph paper....

By February I get the note home to send more supplies. We refused. Instead we sent my son to school with a 3" zipper binder with tabs per subject. I find it silly to think that a 9-year old can organize and maintain that many binders/duo-tangs and materials. It was obvious that he couldn't, so we sent a message back to the teachers and school on what we were prepared to provide our son with for his learning. While I can appreciate the budget cuts (all my siblings are teachers) I'm more interested in finding a system/materials that helps my children maintain and organize their work as individuals; not replenishing the class supplies.

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Sarah - posted on 02/18/2014

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I'm a teacher in Alberta, Canada. Yes, the supply lists are lengthy because your taxes line the pockets of politicians. That's where the money goes. Don't be fooled into thinking otherwise. I wish we could buy the supplies at our school and then sell the items for half price, and I'm trying to convince my boss to do that to save time and money for families. The more you buy, the cheaper it is, right? However, here, I have to count every item, which takes a lot of time because some parents only supply what they think their child needs. I work in a non-profit school. Teachers make 40% of the ATA salary, but we work here because we have more freedom to teach the curriculum and our class sizes are much, much smaller. I strongly believe that there will be an enormous shift from public to private schools over the next two decades because of the mismanagement of our schools by our shady politicians. The children in private schools will excel and the children in public schools will be left behind. It's very sad. I wish I could direct my taxes to my own school, too.

Rox - posted on 08/15/2012

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I did purchase everthing on my list with reluctance knowing all these things canT all be used. So what Iv decided Im ganna send him with basics keep the rest home with me an then send items when needed. I think its crazy the amount of money these "people" the school system they will not BREAK MY BANK im not sorry Im also a little resentful that they think that this is absolutely important. Im trying to teach my son not to be wasteful or a to just conform because some one told him to. Teachers need and schools need to wake up this is not ok!!! ROX

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My son is in 1st grade. I don't have a problem with buying the supplies. People need to think of it this way...if you were the child who's parent could not afford to buy you the items on the list how would you feel during class? Not very good. I know times are rough, but it is all about pulling together and helping each other out. The thing I do have a problem with is that it seems like every time I turn around the kids are having fundraisers for the school. Books, prepared meals, Home and School League fee, Selling catalog stuff. I know it raises money for the school, but gosh, by the end of the year I am worn out!

Brigitte - posted on 09/02/2009

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Somtimes I wonder where all the taxes go to. Sometimes I can't understand why the next generation has to pay with their education for any silly idea of the political leaders...
but never mind... as the word goes we have the leaders we earn. At least we voted for them and their ideas to spend the taxes...

Michelle - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Angie:


You obviously don't know any teachers on a personal level.  I have never met a teacher who didn't buy supplies for their classroom out of their pocket. 






I agree that there is waste n public education and we need to get those under control.  After all, who is teaching our future generation? 






 





You obviously didn't read my post very well.  I said teachers SHOULDN'T HAVE TO, not that they don't.  I happen to know a good many teachers, even taught myself for a year, and I think far too much is expected of them for far too little pay.

Angie - posted on 08/30/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

I don't think that teachers should be paying for any school supplies out of their own pockets. If I worked I sure wouldn't like to have to buy supplies for my company out of my own pocket! Really -- my husband gets reimbursed for gas when he has to drive anywhere other than his office! They certainly don't expect him to buy cables and drives and disks and other items to do his job.

However, I have a real problem with the fact that -- even with budget cuts -- we are still spending more than TWICE as much (accounting for inflation) per pupil as we did in the 70s (and more than that compared to earlier decades!) And not getting our money's worth, either! Where IS that money going? It's clearly not going to the teachers, or to buy supplies for our children. I homeschool, so I buy everything top to bottom for my kids (AND pay taxes for everyone else's kids), and I am certainly not spending thousands of dollars per year per student. My kids even each have their own laptops to do school (bought used for a couple hundred dollars apiece and working just fine, thank you!) and I'm still far under budget compared to the public schools.

I would really love to see some waste cut out of the public education system so our teachers can get nice raises and the kids can get their supplies.


You obviously don't know any teachers on a personal level.  I have never met a teacher who didn't buy supplies for their classroom out of their pocket. 



I agree that there is waste n public education and we need to get those under control.  After all, who is teaching our future generation? 



 

Marianne - posted on 08/29/2009

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I expect the teacher uses his or her own money to buy supplies for the kids who really can't afford it!!!!!

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2009

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I don't think that teachers should be paying for any school supplies out of their own pockets. If I worked I sure wouldn't like to have to buy supplies for my company out of my own pocket! Really -- my husband gets reimbursed for gas when he has to drive anywhere other than his office! They certainly don't expect him to buy cables and drives and disks and other items to do his job.

However, I have a real problem with the fact that -- even with budget cuts -- we are still spending more than TWICE as much (accounting for inflation) per pupil as we did in the 70s (and more than that compared to earlier decades!) And not getting our money's worth, either! Where IS that money going? It's clearly not going to the teachers, or to buy supplies for our children. I homeschool, so I buy everything top to bottom for my kids (AND pay taxes for everyone else's kids), and I am certainly not spending thousands of dollars per year per student. My kids even each have their own laptops to do school (bought used for a couple hundred dollars apiece and working just fine, thank you!) and I'm still far under budget compared to the public schools.

I would really love to see some waste cut out of the public education system so our teachers can get nice raises and the kids can get their supplies.

Debbie - posted on 08/16/2009

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yes ofcourse they are, but prices go up w/ everything, oh well life goes on. i tend to have a supple of pencils, and such, usual each yr all i have to buy is folders and such, yeah for right now, ha-ha

Mary - posted on 08/16/2009

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when my children first started school, i had a rather long list of school supplies but over several yrs it seems their list has gotton shorter. basic essentials was all i had to get this yr.....paper, pencil, crayons, notebook.

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we got a list sent home at the end of the year last year, that helped a lot toward planning the budget. i was surprised on back to school night when the teachers didnt send additional list home. pre-k asked parents to donate a few things and there are 'wish lists' posted for items such as printer paper and tennis balls.

Delta - posted on 08/14/2009

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My daughter is going into the 4th grade this year, and every year I had no problem getting what she needs for school. All the supplies I buy, crayons, markers, ruler, pencials, erasers, etc are in her desk and her desk only. I do not mind buying the 3 boxes of tissues for her classroom. The hand santizer/whipes I do not mind buying cause its for her use only not the classrooms. Here the whipes are used for them to whipe down their desks first thing in the morning, after snack time (or birthday party/holiday party in the classroom), and at the end of the day.



I buy her list in double. She takes the first part to school and I keep the second part at home for when she has homework she won't have to bring the items home out of her desk then forget them at home.



The only thing I had a problem with on her list was the binders/folders. They needed one for homeroom and one for reading. It said that your child might not get their own binder/folder, so what I do is write her name in permanent marker really big so its hard to cover up, also on the binders I write her name along the side reallly big too.

Katy - posted on 08/14/2009

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I don't have a problem with the school supply list. To be perfectly honest, these teachers don't get paid enough to have to buy the items out of their own pockets, and who's using the tissues, and the hand sanitizer and at our school the wipes for their hands?? The kids, so we bring in enough for our kids and other parents bring in enough for theirs, then there's plenty to go around. Now battaries.... I've never been asked to bring that in, but again, if it's for the kids use, why not help out....

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It really is crazy. I spent over $100 for supplies for 1 in Kindergarten and 1 in 1st grade. And that was just what was required, not what was asked for in additional supplies to donate...

Cynthia - posted on 08/06/2009

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I always had a problem with buying stuff for the teachers and classroom. If I wanted to do that because I felt like it ......that is one thing. To require it from the student and then hold them responsible if they did not.......that is wrong. There are some people that it takes all they have just to buy paper, pencil, and etc for thier child. Then they need clothes and shoes. I thought that is why we pay taxes to cover the classroom supplies.

Kim - posted on 08/05/2009

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I have actually never mined the lists. This year I too bought my daughter a $130. graphing calculator. All of my kids seemed to have much shorter lists this year. I think the schools are trying to use less due to money problems so many people are having. Our district also offered free supplies to anyone. I had a problem with backpacks and too many books and I talked to my children's teachers and reminded them that it isn't safe or healthy for children to carry that much stuff and I didn't want them to make my kid bring home more than one text per day. All of the teachers agreed that too many books was a problem and we have never had a problem with it since.

CLAUDIA - posted on 08/05/2009

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I agree! And add to that the endless list of projects through out the year that require additional spending on our part!! Its crazy....

Laura - posted on 08/05/2009

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I know it had gotten rediculous. My son's school supplies are 2x longer than his grade 1 supplies, and it is more than what he needs for Grade 3 list. I had looked on the school website for school supplies as he is going to a new school this year. I don't know why he needs a box of standard size envelopes... what size are standard anyways? He needs 2x 24 Crayons, 1x12-Pencil Crayons and 1 box of crayola markers. 2 boxes of tissues, and he needs 3 red pens. I think I have to pay $10 for the notebooks to the school on top of that. He needs 2 spiral notebooks. I know that is far more than what I had to take for Grade 2.

Angie - posted on 08/05/2009

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I guess I'm the odd one out. I know that the teachers ask for the supplies that are needed in the classroom. I am happy to send not only the supplies they ask for but extra paper, pencils, spiral notebooks, Kleenex. Most of these items are on sale at Walmart at the beginning of each school year and I can purchase them for pennies. I don't buy anything that has a character on it, it keeps the price down. I know that if I don't supply my child (and the children of those who can't or won't afford the items), the teacher will provide the items our of his/her own pocket. Having children is expensive but it is our responsibility to provide for them and their education.

Patty - posted on 08/05/2009

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I completely agree! I can understand standard supplies. But, supplying dry erase markers for the teachers? Guarantee my children are not using those.
And, my oldest two are going into the 5th and 6th grades. They both need a flash drive for keyboarding class? What happened to saving that stuff to the hard drive and wiping it at the end of each year?
My youngest going into 4th, needs 3 dozen pencils? Okay fine, pencils aren't that expensive. But, now they have to ALL be sharpened??? What the hell is THAT all about? I could understand a couple sharpened. But, all 3 dozen??? Little silly in my opinion.

Jodie - posted on 08/05/2009

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i hate the list they send home in the miidle of the year, i already bought 3 glues, wtf is going on with that, my sister says they give my extra stuff to the poor kids who got nothing!!! this is not fair when im struggling to get stuff for my own kids!!!!

Robyn - posted on 08/04/2009

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Imagine having to buy for 5 kids..I have 5 in school, and some of the things they ask for is crazy. I understand the tissue and hand sanitizer, but they need clipboards, dry erase markers, special binders, and can't have backpacks with wheels. My oldest daughter and son went thru 4 backpacks each last year because of all the books they continually had to bring home. And then you have the field trips, special equipment for gym, etc. it is crazy I tell ya! My middle schoolers need a special uniform for gym, with their name on it, that costs $20 thru the school. Solid color short and shirt, I can go to walmart and get the same colors required and write their names on it myself for under $10, but they get in trouble for wearing it!! Why?! They get in trouble for not having money for field trips and things too, I mean times are tough all the way around here people, we are a family of eight on an income of one, just trying to stay afloat!

Jaime - posted on 08/04/2009

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It is alittle extreme, as a kid my parents never had to buy supplies the school always provided everything we needed. Our school lists aren't that outrageous, but still have alot of things on them. I just don't get the kindergarden lists that came home, they are almost the same as the grade 3 lists minus a few things.

Lets not forget all the extra fees throughout the school year (trips, hot lunch, special snacks, fundraising.........)

The cut backs in the school system is crazy, teachers losing there jobs, no extra activities unless the teachers volunteer. I give a lot of credit to all the teachers out there trying to teach our kids with limited supplies and resources. GOOD JOB!!!

Lorena - posted on 08/04/2009

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I thought i was the only one going crazy over this! I have 4 kids that i have to buy school supplies for and every year the list gets longer and longer and then we have to pay an activities fee of 35 dollars for each kid, why? i dont remember buying all these things when i was young!

Jen - posted on 08/04/2009

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Here in Lincoln they don't allow you to bring in outside school supplies to the public schools. They don't want the rich kids having better stuff than the ones who aren't as well off. If you go to private schools, however.... well, that's a different story.

Cori - posted on 08/04/2009

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I am the president of our PTSO and we found that the average family was spending about $50 per child before backpacks and stuff. We started to have a $10 registration fee at the start of school and we buy everything in bulk the teachers need for their classroom. There is no more envy with who has cooler stuff etc. We live in a very small town that has an average income below 60,000 for the combined household. This was a very great thing for our school to do. If a family cant afford it, the PTSO will pay for that student.

Marlo - posted on 08/03/2009

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I hate to break it to quite a few people, but my daughter goes to a PRIVATE preschool and their supply list is just as long as my sons list for his public school class. Please realize that if you can't afford to get the supplies on the list that no teacher would expect you to buy them! Also, they cannot hold your child responsible because you did not send supplies in. Please realize too that teachers are not asking for these supplies for their own personal use, but for your child's. It is not unusal for me to go through a box of tissues a day and a bottle of hand sanitizer a week in my high school classroom! I use my own products, it is the children that are using the classroom supplies. The money I am alloted for my classroom has to go towards those types of things AND laboratory supplies for my biology classes as well as other teaching aids I may need. I buy quite a bit out of my own pocket, but I really cannot afford to buy a years worth of supplies for all 180 of my students, no matter how much I would like to!

Suzanne - posted on 08/03/2009

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I don't mind paying for school supplies. I refuse to pay for the whole class. I understand that some childrens parents can't afford them. But when they ask for 72 pencils?!! That's a little much!

Magaly - posted on 08/03/2009

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OMG yes!!! but unfortunately the requests have gotten out of control because of budget cuts. i work at a school and its insane the amount of supplies teachers are buying when they should be supplied. especially if you have multiple children, i would recommend buying standard items in bulk...things you KNOW they'll use year to year: folders, composition notebooks, pencils, etc.

also try googling store disount codes/coupons before you shop...you can get up to 50% off items from places like Staples and Walmart!

Stephanie - posted on 08/02/2009

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How is this buying wipes for their class oh and kleenex, ziplock bags,calculator, jump drive, camera,and you can't put your child's name on them because they share everything that irritates me!!!

Nicole - posted on 08/02/2009

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I spent over three hundred dollars on my three kids school supplies. My husband is layed off work and has been since nov of last year. I cannot work due to an auto accident last year. I got most of the supplies they asked for my kids one in 6th one in 5th and one in 4th grade. I drew the line when they wanted 3 dozen pencils I bought that many but will keep most hime with me and when they need more i will have them for them to use. I did not get ziploc bags, paper bags, paper towels, or disenfecting wipes when I cant even afford them for my own household. I understand the economy very well my family is right in the middle of it. So when your household income is only 320.00 a week and you have other bills that are more important then disenfecting wipes or ziploc bags for school you just dont buy them. YES I do think that something needs to be done about what supplies are really needed for the childrens EDUCATION and not what the teachers want for their classroom. Sorry if I have offended anyone that was not my intention I just wanted everyone to know that the teachers and their salaries are not the only ones that want for the kids I want my kids to get a good education but not at the cost of a private school.

Rebecca - posted on 08/02/2009

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It is all about the budget cuts. Our kids have to bring 2 reams of copy paper because it's a hugh expense that had to be cut. We always buy extra things anyways just in case someone can't afford it. School supplies aren't that expensive at this time of year. Just today we put 50 folders in the box at church. They're only $1 for a 10 pack.

Linda - posted on 08/02/2009

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I so agree with you.... I remember when my backpack was only $8 we just spent $12 on my DDs Not to mention over $200 in uniforms which we can't even find skirts that fit her properly, and long sleve shirts,(for public school) and then the list of supplies I have to send w/her on her 1st day....that is gonna be another $150....2 boxes of tissues, 1 pkg of wipes, Jumbo crayons, markers, pencils, etc.....just for kindergarten....They are getting ridiculous. Some supplies I understand us providing but really others I never had to take to school with me. I think they think we are made of money....

Maggie - posted on 08/02/2009

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My husband and I were just talking about this this afternoon! I'm fine with most of the supplies they ask for - markers, pencils, etc. - but my husband was having a fit that they want us to send in a box of wipes per child per month. He was saying there's no way our son alone will use an entire box of wipes in one month. I am inclined to agree but really don't have a choice.

Blossom - posted on 08/01/2009

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I send them with the basics the first day and go pick up everything else when it hits clearance.

Deanne - posted on 08/01/2009

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Yes! My 6th grader has to have a flash drive! They are asking for 12 packs of notbook paper to start. No child needs to take that much paper! I have 4 kids going to school this year and just for my oldest going into the 6th grade it's cost me $130 in just supplies. Thats not including the other 3 kids and and clothes and shoes!

Diandra - posted on 08/01/2009

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I agree....but on top of that they, the teachers/schools, ask the kids to bring all of these supplies and it becomes class supplies. But when your child needs something then they "don't have it" What is going on with the supplies.....Then my other issue is they have you bring in the same things when the kids return from Christmas break, what is really going on?

Pamela - posted on 08/01/2009

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I completely agree that some teachers lists are out of control. My neighborhood elem school list cost $100. I felt I was supplying the teacher for the next 5 years, On the other hand I am a teacher. I try very hard to keep my list logical and simple. i do have to ask for kleenex, handwipes, and paper towels though because our charter school can't afford the amount necessary (and I teach art along with 3 grade levels of social studies). My son complains that I spend more on my students than I do on him and he's right. We get a fed tax write off of $250 a year for out of pocket but that's a joke compared to what I spend. I could stop all my extras (foods, craft projects, CDs & movies, costumes) but then I would be boring, and that is a large part of what's wrong with our education system these days--we are boring the kids when compared to all their outside inputs.

Marlo - posted on 08/01/2009

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I understand how you feel, but as a teacher and a Mom, I see both sides of the coin. I can't believe some of the things the teachers put on the list. I also know I am one of the few parents who will buy all of it and probably more. I realize too, that if the parents don't supply it, most teachers will. I spend at least $600 a year on supplies for my room, including pencils, paper, crayons, etc. for kids that don't have them or bring them. Most teachers put that stuff down, because, if you don't ask, you don't know if someone is willing to get it for you. Then your classroom money can be spent on other things like curriculum and lab supplies.

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2009

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Great post, Mandi! The school districts here can't ask the kids to bring anything b/c a few years ago a mom brought a lawsuit against the school district b/c she had to pay $25 for her son's FREE education. Are you kidding me?! We have kids, they cost $, suck it up I guess. Here there's always back to school giveaways for parents who can't afford school supplies and book bags. AJ got one last year b/c he went to day camp at one of the giveaway places, it was nice. He'll probably use his bookbag again this year since it's still in great shape. I think parents forget that they need school supplies, they don't need fashion bookbags and fashion pencils or pretty folders.

Amy - posted on 07/31/2009

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It's hard enough paying all the fees they have now. Then you get the supply lists with the ridiculous demands and requests for specific brands only. I now have all 3 of my lil ones in school and 2 of them not only need supplies for their regular classroom but, also for their special needs classroom. It's getting to be a bit much.

Mandi - posted on 07/31/2009

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Teachers shouldn't have to buy all those things for our kids. When we were kids hand sanitiser was certainly not in our bathrooms - often no soap either! We have to bring in a box of tissues etc and I think unless you are in serious financial distress it is unfair to not chip in - our kids are all going to need these things at some point and it is ludicrous to expect teachers to keep buying all these supplies if the school budget doesn't include it.
The classroom, school grounds and teachers are all provided to those of us in public schools but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't contribute - I think sometimes calling it "free education" gives people an attitude that everything should be provided to them for no input - the same parents are often the ones who complain about being asked to attend a meeting, help out in some way or provide cakes for the cake stall. Our kids are looked after, stimulated, educated and cared for all day by the school, we should all be contributing to make it a better place for both the kids and the teachers.

That said, I think there should be flexibility in time frame to provide things, pay fees etc for those who are struggling and I think most schools are pretty aware in this regard.

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2009

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Schools don't get the money to buy things like tissues, hand sanitizer and batteries. I know the lists seem longer and longer but I don't think that the things that are asked for are things that aren't used. When I was a kid my teachers didn't have the centers, games, and hands on activities that are done now. It was all worksheets which isn't best for lots of kids. I am speaking as a teacher and a mom... I have spent $300 this summer alone on things for my classroom....I will spend more than double that through out the year....hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, developing pictures, snacks, treats, the list can go on and on!!!

Yohnnilee - posted on 07/31/2009

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What schools require is positively ridiculous. It's no longer a free education!!! I like what my son's Pre-School did, all the parents donated $5 bucks to the teachers and the teachers went and bought the supplies! I thought that was such a great idea and not to mention some teachers get special discounts on stuff so that helps out tremendously too! I wish all schools would do that, especially since some of the items are VERY specific, which I understand why the conformity, but it's not always easy to find that exact item when every other parent in your area is buying that exact item! How crazy. Teachers should buy, plain and simple.

Toni - posted on 07/31/2009

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I dont mind providing tissues, sanitizer, etc.. it helps keep germs down. We only have to provide one box of tissue. It is for the entire class but it costs less than a dollar. Usually there is none leftover at the end of the year whe n the class runs out the teacher then makes up the difference.

Crystal - posted on 07/31/2009

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This is a sign of the times. When I was a kid, the school provided all school supplies. To ask for anything special such as batteries, tissues, wipes, handsoap etc was unheard of.
My daughters school list has all the supplies above only it just isn't one small thing. It's like three of each thing. I am sorry, but I will purchase one item of each only. It's not my job to provide for the whole entire class. Makes me wonder what the teachers do with all the left over supplies when school is over?

Kathy - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son is going into the 2nd grade, I have reviewed his school list it isn't so bad. Just the normal stuff. Last year it was kind of ridiclous on what he needed; The last two years even with our Back to School Bash I still had a hard time getting what he needs. This year I am planning to finish it up on Monday.

Debbie - posted on 07/30/2009

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I usually hold off till my kids get into school then ask the teacher what she really needs. She will be going into 2nd grade this yr & so far I have only had to buy crayons, paper, a few folders & pencils. My son which I home school now I have never had to get anything & he is going into high school this yr.

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