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Report: 91% of teachers spend own money on school supplies

LA School Report | May 1, 2015

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By Leila Meyer | The Journal

This year 91 percent of teachers used some of their own money to pay for school supplies, and 38 percent used only their own money, according to a new report from The NPD Group.

The report, “Today’s Teachers: School Supply Purchasing Dynamics and Behaviors,” surveyed almost 1,000 K-12 public and private school teachers in the United States about their purchasing behaviors. The online survey was conducted in February 2015.

According to the report, teachers expect to spend a total of about $500 on school supplies by the end of this school year, 47 percent of which will come from their own pockets. About one third of teachers expect to spend more on school supplies this year than last.

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