The education publishing company Scholastic surveyed 3,694 teachers (including 76 school librarians) and 1,027 principals this past summer and found that a majority feel their students, both low- and high-poverty, face barriers to learning outside of the classroom. To help make a difference, the surveyed teachers:
- On average, spent $530 of their own money on classroom items.
- On average, spent $672 in high-poverty schools
- 70% indicated they’d bought food and snacks for their students.
- 65% purchased cleaning supplies.
- 26% bought clothing for their students.
- 56% purchased classroom books.
Plus, on average, the surveyed principals spent $683 for classroom or student supplies over the past year, with those in high-poverty schools averaging $1,014. 79% indicated they’d bought food and snacks for students.
Another interesting finding: While most teachers have classroom libraries, 31% have fewer than 50 books. Those in elementary schools have, on average, 362 books; middle school teachers average 189 books, and those at the high school level have just 93.
And so it goes…