A new study has found that nearly all public school teachers say they’ve spent their own money on school supplies, spending an average of $480, more than the available $250 tax credit, The Associated Press reported.
Released Tuesday, the study by the National Center of Education Statistics comes as teachers across the country are protesting stagnant wages, decreased budgets and inadequate working conditions. Money for teachers who paid for classroom supplies was a focal point of an Arizona teachers walkout in April, the AP said.
The study found that more teachers in traditional public schools (94 percent) spent money on classroom supplies than teachers in charter schools (88 percent), and teachers in urban schools spent more than teachers in rural and suburban schools.
The 2017 federal tax bill passed by the House eliminated the $250 tax credit for teachers who spent money on supplies, the Senate tried to raise the credit to $500, but a compromise resulted in keeping the original credit unchanged.