Study: Teachers to spend over $3 billion of own money on classrooms this year

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Fargo, ND) -- As teachers head back to the classroom for a new year, many will reach deep into their own pockets to ensure their students have what they need.

In fact, in a new report from MyElearningWorld has found that the average teacher in the U.S. will spend $820 out-of-pocket on their classrooms this year.

So, where does that money go? On average, teacher spending this year will look something like this:

  • Non-consumable supplies (books, software, etc.) – $193.55
  • Classroom decor – $172.23
  • Consumable supplies (pencils, paper, etc.) – $142.70
  • Food & Snacks – $121.39
  • Prizes – $119.74
  • Cleaning supplies – $70.53

When you crunch the numbers, that means teachers across the country will spend $3.2 billion on their classrooms this year. The caveat is, they can only deduct $300 on their tax returns.

For more information on this topic, and to see the full study, click here.