Teachers keep getting abused. It is outragious. We need to make teachers feel like professionals again for gods sake. My wife has spent a LOT of money already this year on supplies for her kids, and this takes the biscuit.
If Doreen Seelig pocketed all the money she has spent on classroom supplies over 35 years as a teacher — the printer cartridges, the paper, the pencils and the paperback books lent to her Venice High School students — she figures she would have a new car by now.
Now, as the new school year gets under way, the burden on Seelig and other teachers around the country is even heavier.
Because of a budget crunch, California has suspended a tax credit that reimbursed teachers up to $1,500 for classroom supplies. Meanwhile, a $250 federal tax deduction for teachers that helped defray out-of-pocket spending expired this year.