I'm not disagreeing that if it is in a 504 plan it should be provided. What I am disagreeing with is people saying you shouldn't buy it. Yes it should be provided. But if you have explored all options and it isn't going to be provided my advice to a new teacher is that this is not the hill to die on. As a new teacher, I chose to buy those types of things because I wanted my class to run smoothly and I wasn't prepared to get into an argument with admin over a 10$ item. Should teachers have to buy basics. No. But when I was new if I needed something, I bought it. I picked the cheapest option - so I wouldn't buy binders. I'd buy the cheapest notebooks I could find. I didn't buy whiteboard markers. I used the chalkboard (because we still have them back then and chalk is way cheaper). I bought pencils in bulk on sale because trying to get them from our office just led to arguments and then admin thought you were hard to deal with because the office manager complained about you. I spent hours and hours at used book sales to fill my classroom library. I probably taught 15 different courses in 2 years so I know what needing to spend money on resources feels like. I spent a fortune going to conferences on my own dime so I had the most up to date information. I also ate a lot of Kraft Dinner to fund those conferences! As a new teacher my priority was getting good performance reviews and if spending a bit of my own money supported that and made me look like a team player, so be it. The end result was I got a permanent, well-paying job and didn't sit on the substitute list for 10 years. I think what I hear over and over again is that many teachers use their own money for a few years and then cut back. There is a reason for this. Basically, what I personally gain from a stable, well paid career over 35 years is worth putting some money in upfront in the first 2-5 years. I spent money on my education. I considered the money I spent in my next 5 years to be an extension of that by which point I was able to get most of the basics covered because I knew how to order stuff and how to access stuff. In my first two years I was planning for the next day. I certainly didn't know to order stuff in August that I needed for December. Ultimately, you should do whatever makes sense to you.