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Re: [teacherartexchange] Budget survey


Date: Thu Oct 15 2009 - 19:00:31 PDT

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From: Marcia Beckett
quote.......................... Teachers should not pay for supplies out of their own
pocket. I know sometimes they feel it is the only way to provide a quality program, but
how will the school and community realize that more money is needed if the teacher is
producing student work with supplies they bought themselves? When you are stating your
case for budget increases,.......

This is where there is the catch 22....we supplement our budget because of the kids and
then no one knows how much it really costs and they continue to think we do it for much
less. We are professionals and as such we should speak professionally about what is
needed for quality programs and why.....but as caring professionals we continue to do it
for the kids.

When the school opened 10 years ago my budget was $5000 the first year to also include
some equipment and then $2500 for a few years, but the last 5 is has been considerably
less. The two other middle schools in my district have been able to charge fees and
therefore operated on budgets of about $4000. I could never charge fees and last year my
school budget was $800 and a $300 "department" amount. It is a pretty affluent

district, but this year no fees can be charged to any students (not high school, not
world language, art, science lab, etc). This year I will see over 500 and my budget was
upped to $1400. For the past couple of years our PTO(parent teacher organization) has
given me $1500. Like others of you I supplement out of pocket, donations, recyclables,

Jen, if you are compiling all the input I would really be interested in having a copy of
creatively, Linda
(middle school in Oregon)

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