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How Much Do We Teachers Spend On Our Classrooms?

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Last year, I posted this infographic reporting what a survey says the average teacher spends on their classroom. I thought it was a “low-ball” figure, and at least some readers agreed:

 

 

Today, Vox published a number of very good charts on the same topic (I’d encourage you to check out Most teachers spend hundreds to pay for supplies, special projects, even field trips).

They presented, in a much less “busy” form, information from a Horace Mann survey (they also included info from other surveys). You can see the entire Mann survey here, but here’s a particularly interesting chart:

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I figure that I spend in the $700-$800 range — at least — primarily for classroom library books.

How about you — how much do you contribute each year?

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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