We need to insure that the children have adequate tools to fulfill their classroom needs are justified. This is a vital need. Teachers in California (and elsewhere) have a plight now that is seriously affecting the empowerment of kids. In California schools, there exists not enough budget money to effectively provide discount office supplies in enough quantity and quality to insure excellent education. And for many years, many teachers have given such supplies at their own price. Sometimes, paper, pencils, ink cartridges and yes, even books, have been offered at the expense of the teacher!
In past years, there has been both a Federal along with a State tax allowance that helped teachers with this effort. But recently both the State and Federal regulations and tax breaks have been abandoned. Parent groups as well as others do donate supplies (I did), there is however still an important shortfall. Along with the explosion of class sizes, additional faculty means new (and younger) teachers… hardly able to add the responsibility of providing supplies for their own individual budgets.
Teachers spend large sums on school supplies that, in times past, were offered by the institution Districts. The administrators usually are not to blame… budget crunches have serious impacted their ability to keep up current instructional levels. There are some organizations round the country which are helping, although not enough.
Late summer means searching for school supplies. Like their public school counterparts, families with students attending private school spend some time poring over the supply lists, scouring the home for items they have and seeing a store or using the Internet to get what else is necessary. Each private school has its own method of dealing with supplies. Some charge a supply fee and after that provide everything. Others suggest families provide items for that classroom, including computer paper or facial tissues, which will be used by all. Most private schools ask families to supply the supplies their children uses in the past year. Private schools also charge a textbook fee or have students purchase their very own textbooks; require families to provide a uniform or clothing for their child that fits a gown code; and assess a transportation fee or ask families to move students.
Tips for Buying Private School Supplies As the supply and textbook lists will differ based on your child’s grade level and the kind of private school they may be attending, a few words of advice are universal. Get an up-to-date set of wholesale websites from the child’s school or website. It will list specific items and sizes that might be required. For example, oheyfa might need extra long sheets for the child’s bed or all the towels should be white, since they are washed together in a bleach solution. Specific storage items such as footlockers maybe required since dorms rooms could have small space. Electrical devices may be limited because of the wiring in a building. All personal items should be labeled permanently along with your child’s name as recommended through the school.