How do teachers get reimbursed for expenses?

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  1. teacher387

    teacher387 New Member

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    Hi Teachers,

    I have a question for you: does your school have a reimbursement policy? If so, what is the process?

    I know you spend your own money on classroom supplies. I’m curious how many schools reimburse their teachers for those expenses.

    Please post your comments.
     
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  3. mkbren88

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    We get reimbursed up to $100. We have to turn in the receipts to our PTO and they will write us a check. We also have a $100 startup order we can place through the district warehouse for supplies but that is always done before the current year ends for the next year.
     
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    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    We don't really get reimbursed for classroom expenses unless special arrangements have been made with administration ahead of time.
     
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    We just have to submit receipts that have only items that we are getting reimbursed on there. As a new teacher, I think I have $500 or $600 total between the district, the PTSA's usual amount for each teacher, and then an extra amount since I'm in my first couple years to help get my classroom stocked. Granted, I've only spent about $150 of that...but that's just me never getting around to going out and buying anything!
     
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    At my current school, our union has negotiated for us to get an extra $125 added to one of our fall paychecks. No receipts needed. No questions asked. It's just assumed that we will spend the money on our classroom and probably well-above the amount we are actually given. Beyond that, we get no extra money for any supplies. The rest is out-of-pocket.

    The school I am going to next year currently allows for up to $250 in reimbursement. Receipts must be submitted to principals for reimbursement.
     
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    :lol:

    Not happening in my district.
     
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    We ask for donations at the beginning of the year to purchase supplies. That goes to our science fund. Whatever receipts we bring in, we take out of our science fund. The fund is divided based on how many donations we personally got in. If my kids donated 200 dollars this year, then I only get reimbursed for up to 200 dollars.

    Spending past that point doesn't get reimbursed.
     
  9. TeacherNY

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    We have a classroom budget and request money from the budget to buy things or order them online. Once that money is gone we won't get reimbursed. I sometimes spend up to $20 a year on things with my own money but I refuse to buy too much out of my own pocket.
     
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    Our school has an extremely well-organized reimbursement process. We can expense mileage for work-related travel as long as we state the addresses and any way-points (like if I pick up another teacher on the way). Other items need to have receipts and go through two levels of approval.
     
  11. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I prefer that they tell me what they want and I'll fill out a purchase order for the item(s). That way, they don't have to pay out of pocket and wait to be reimbursed.
     
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    Ditto!
     
  13. 2ndTimeAround

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    No reimbursements for classroom supplies. We do have a way to buy some lab supplies that cannot be ordered through approved vendors, but that must be arranged ahead of time. If you buy it yourself you are stuck with the bill. No money back.
     
  14. agdamity

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    By state law, all K-6 grade teachers receive $500 a year for classroom supplies. We must purchase things through purchase orders though, so no actual reimbursements are needed.
     
  15. mstnteacherlady

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    We do not get reimbursed for purchasing supplies, but we are able to request $100 to spend on supplies at the beginning of the year. After that, we're on our own.
     

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