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Study: Educators spend average of $656 a year out-of-pocket on school supplies

Craig Press staff report

A recent survey of teachers shows educators spend an average of $656 per year out-of-pocket on school supplies.

A survey of 2,200 educators conducted in January by the Colorado Educators Association revealed that educators spend an average of $656 per year out-of-pocket, totaling about $23 million per year, "because Colorado short-changes public education funding by close to a billion dollars per year," according to a news release from the Colorado Education Association.

The money was spent on items such as books, pencils, tape, glue, binders/folders, snacks, toothpaste and other personal care items, teaching materials, lunch money and field trips.

Shortly after the results of the survey were released, educators visited the state capitol to talk with legislators about the severe impacts of underfunding public education and the growing shortage of qualified teachers, presenting invoices to the General Assembly for the past-due amount.

"Colorado will not solve its educator shortage crisis until our state fully meets student needs and takes that unfair financial burden off of educators," said CEA President Kerrie Dallman.