August 16, 2003
It's So American...
...to build multi-million dollar schools and then not supply them with everyday things like phones in the classroom or teacher work areas. Or paper. Or lecterns. Or printer cartridges. Or any of the other hundred things needed to educate the young.
The sad thing is teachers themselves pay for these things because they know that supplies have never and will never materialize. Collectively, the millions of teachers across the nation subsidize the property taxes of homeowners too shortsighted to see the connection between taxes and services.
I read somewhere that teachers spend an average of $448 every school year on supplies. Do the math. In Texas: 274,000 teachers (stats here) X $448 = $122,752,000. And most of us pay property taxes, too.
You're welcome, Texas.Posted by tat at August 16, 2003 08:42 PM