We must insure that the children have adequate tools to meet their classroom requirements are justified. This is a critical need. Teachers in California (and elsewhere) have a problem now that is seriously affecting the empowerment of children. In California schools, there is insufficient budget money to effectively provide discounted office supplies in enough quality and quantity to insure excellent education. And for many years, many teachers have given such supplies at their own expense. In some cases, paper, pencils, printer ink cartridges and yes, even books, have been presented 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 the State and Federal regulations and tax breaks have already been abandoned. Parent groups as well as others do donate supplies (I have done), but there is still a significant shortfall. With the explosion of class sizes, additional faculty means new (and younger) teachers… hardly in a position to add the responsibility of providing supplies for their own individual budgets.
Teachers spend large sums on school supplies that, in times past, were supplied by the college Districts. The administrators usually are not to blame… budget crunches have serious impacted their ability to keep up current instructional levels. There are several organizations around the country which are helping, but not enough.
Late summer means looking for school supplies. Like their public school counterparts, families with students attending private school spend time poring within the supply lists, scouring the home for items they have and going to a store or using the Internet to buy what else is necessary. Each private school has its own means of dealing with supplies. Some charge a supply fee then provide everything. Others suggest families provide items for the classroom, like computer paper or facial tissues, that will be used by all. Most private schools ask families to provide the supplies their child uses in the past year. Private schools also charge a textbook fee or have students purchase their particular textbooks; require families to supply a uniform or clothing for their child that meets an outfit code; and assess a transportation fee or ask families to transport students.
Strategies for Buying Private School Supplies While the supply and textbook lists will differ depending on your child’s grade level and the type of private school they are attending, a couple of words of advice are universal. Obtain an updated list of usa wholesale suppliers from your child’s school or website. It will list specific items and sizes which will be required. For example, oheyfa may need extra long sheets for your child’s bed or all of the towels must be white, because 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 by the school.