Teachers Spending $656 Out-of-Pocket
COLORADO EDUCATORS REACH INTO OWN POCKETS FOR CLASSROOM EXPENSES
CEA Lobby Day at State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb 7
New report shows educators spend average of $656 per year out-of-pocket
DENVER— Because Colorado short-changes public education funding by close to a billion dollars per year, the Colorado Education Association wanted to know: How much do educators spend of their own money on their students and classrooms? The answer is shocking.
CEA surveyed over 2,200 educators over several days in January and responses show that on average members spent approximately $656 a year out of their own pockets for students, totaling about $23 million per year. (Note: arrived at $23 million by taking the average of $656 per year multiplied by the number of CEA members.) 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.
Educators will gather on Wednesday, February 7 at 11 a.m. in the Colorado State Capitol rotunda for a Lobby Day to talk to legislators about the severe impacts of underfunding public education and the growing crisis of a shortage of qualified teachers and to present invoices to the General Assembly for the past due amount.
“What this report shows is the extraordinary commitment teachers have for their students and the extraordinary deficiency of resources – and how educators are having to fill the gap,” said CEA President Kerrie Dallman. “While corporations are getting millions in tax breaks, educators are spending their limited salary dollars on classroom supplies. Colorado consistently underfunds public education, and this groundbreaking research shows why the state must increase funding for public education.”
WHAT: CEA Lobby Day at State Capitol – Releasing new report on out-of-pocket expenses and presenting General Assembly with invoices.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Colorado State Capitol
Colorado public schools and students lose revenue every year to tax incentives that support large corporations; over the last 10 years those incentives have added up to over a billion dollars. Four of the five largest companies headquartered in Colorado have received large tax subsidies totaling more than $31 million and Colorado has lost more than $121 million in revenue to subsidies for the oil and gas industry alone.
“This research shows that educators are deeply committed to the success of their students and communities. So much so, that every year they spend money out of their pockets,” Dallman added. “Colorado will not solve its educator shortage crisis until our state fully meets student needs and takes that unfair financial burden off of educators.”