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Teachers spent $1.6 billion on school supplies last year

In June, the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) published their annual study about teachers’ out-of-pocket spending.
Here are a couple of the stats we found most interesting:
$3.2 billion was spent on school supplies in the 2012-2013 school year.
$1.6 billion of this spending came from teachers’ pockets.
99.5% of teachers said that they spent their own money on school supplies and classroom materials.
On average, teachers spent $485 on school supplies last school year.
Share your thoughts: do these results surprise you?

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