How much is your classroom budget?

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  1. JessCentral28

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    Hi there!
    Just thought I'd see if what I have is typical, high or low. My classroom budget is $450. This is just for supplies etc. (Not furniture, equipment, etc.)
    How much do you have to spend? What does that money generally go toward in your classroom?
    Thought it would be interesting to compare!
    Jessica
     
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  3. Miss_J

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    We don't get a budget. We have to shell out all of the money for anything other than paper and pencils. I even had to buy white board markers!!
     
  4. JessCentral28

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    Wow!!!!
     
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    We get $75.00 to spend on classroom supplies. You can either order from the classroom supply catalog or turn in your own receipts.

    We get a chance to apply for mini grant from our PTO, Education Foundation, or Womens Club.(One year the PTO gave me money to buy dry erase boards and money for transportation for field trips)
    75 doesn't go very far, I have spent much more that than each year!
     
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    We typically get $100 for things in our room. Our principal just approves your receipts or your order. We do get all of our "office" supplies for free from the office so that helps out. I typically spend my room money on building my class library.
     
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    We don't get a budget either. The school provides basics (staples, tape, paper clips, etc) but anything else that we want is on us.
     
  8. NYSTeacher

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    I get $350 but I know I'll also be spending a lot of my own money. But I don't know if the school provides anything or not (basic supplies and all that)
     
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    We get $500 for classroom supplies! Wow, I feel lucky now! :)
     
  10. born2teach84

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    as a first year I got 300 for my room. Every year from here on out though I only get 100. Our school does provide TONS though for us. So supply stuff I don't need to buy myself.
     
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    We get $200, but have to do it by purchase order. We don't get to do this until close to the end of November though. We can get anything except incentives (stickers, pencils, etc.) with our money.
     
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    I get $22.25 per student. I teach PreK, and I have to buy my own everything - paper, paint, toys, ziplock baggies, tissues, paper towels, everything. Kindergarten is the same. In grades 1-5, the teachers have to make a "wish list" of things they'd like to have, and the school purchases for them. All of their paper, gule, etc. is stored in the school's storeroom, and it available for all to use. So, if you request sentence strips, it's not like YOU get the sentence strips.
    Kim
     
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    We have no classroom budget either. We did up until about 2 years ago when federal funding was cut- we got $100 in fall and spring. We usually will get supplies like paper and glue, but sometimes have been going with out that too. I buy ALOT out of my own pocket, as do the other teachers I work with.
     
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    Our parents don't even pay a supply fee for their children. For the past 5 or 6 years, they didn't have to buy supplies either, the school provided them. They are finally wising up and asking the parents to buy supplies again (we are NOT a rich school district and we were hurting for money). I don't know if they'll reinstate the supply fee or not.
     
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    My classroom budget was $150 this year. But I work with another teacher (inclusion class) and she also gets $150. So we put our money together to get what we need.

    I alos teach special education and usually put a "Wish List" in. However, I do not always get what I put on my list.
     
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    100 instructional, 50 bep.

    My students are also asked to pay fees. I think it is around 9.00 or something close to that.
     
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    We get 300 dollars, most of which goes to prizes for my classroom store. Last year I was lucky and the fire department raised an additional 300 dollars for each BD/ED class. Most supplies such as tape, paper, markers, crayons, ink, etc. are provided by the school, within reason. Students are required to bring their own supplies as well.
     
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    We get a $200 purchase order and then we are reimbursed $100 in the fall from the PTO. My first year I managed to get a $500 purchase order since I didn't have anything. I still spend a lot of my own money, though!
     
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    I get $350 to spend on my room...it has to come through School Specialty and the order has to be okayed by the school before it goes through. I spend the money on paper (esp construction paper), pencils, erasers, dry erase markers, crayons, resources for the room, posters, and just about anything I need. We don't get anything in terms of office supplies from the school except copy paper.

    I ask my students to bring some supplies in on the first day of school, but I usually wind up supplementing a lot with my own money because a lot of students in my school don't have a lot of money. I bought 10 cent notebooks at Walmart, Target and Shoprite, as well as a classroom set of crayons, markers, pencils, etc. with my own money. But whatever I buy with my own money I can take if I ever leave my school. The rest has to stay there.
     
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    In the spring, we get $400 for the next school year. We order from a catalog that gives us 50% off. In the fall, we get $250 in cash to spend however we please. PTA also gives teachers $100. So, we get $750, just spread out. Don't ask how I still spent money out of my own pocket.:eek:
     
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    We also order in the spring for the following year. If we REALLY need something in the fall, my vp and principal usually try to find the money in an account somewhere or we can ask the PTA. Otherwise it comes out of our pockets.
     
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    We get $300 but are told to only spend $150 until we see if the new budget is going to pass! If it does, then we are usually allowed to order something else. This does not include furniture - that comes out of a separate school budget. We have 5 elem. schools in our District and each school, for some strange reason, gets a different amount to spend.
     
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    We got about $100 and then I was reimbursed $35 for some prof dev books. We were told no math manipulatives. Sheesh. I'm saving my receipts but I really hope I don't go over the $250 allowed in the tax return.
     
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    We don't have a budget, exactly.

    The school provices all the basic office supplies. We just have to go get what we need. For everything else we just turn in a requisition form. I've never been turned down for anything I've requested. I buy lots of things myself, too . . . usually simple stuff that I don't want to wait to be ordered or inexpensive things. I always turn in a "wish list" at the end of the year and it's waiting for me the next year. Some years I don't spend anything and other years I do.
     
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    I have a dumb question...do elementary teachers get more of a budget than secondary? What would a secondary teacher spend his/her money on?
     
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    I'm expecting $125 from word of mouth but dont really know. It would be less but our school has most of the underpriveledged students in the district.
     
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    We don't get a budget. Office supplies and background wall paper are always available. And each department has a budget. When I was math chairman, I spent our on things like graph paper, colored chalk (really useful in teaching overlapping triangles!), geometry templates, things like that. I also got every sample textbook I could lay my hands on (though they're frequently free) so that my teachers would have the reference materials they needed.


    I'm returning to teaching after 6 years as a SAHM, and I gave away all my materials when I quit. So far, I've spent $70 at the local teacher supply store: a combo grade/plan book (I hate the individual ones we're given!), posters, border, letters, and so on. And I've spent some at Staples for folders, red pens,etc (Not to mention a gorgeous briefcase-- but that's personal and I don't think any district would reimburse there.)

    But I KNOW that elementary teachers need a lot more in the way of materials. So I would hope they would get a budget of some sort.
     
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    We get $30 a semester, so $60 a year. So far, I've spent over $200 of my own money.
     
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    We ask our department team leader or head to buy it for us. If they have money they usually get it for us. If they do not then we do not get it.

    I would rather have the money since I hate to ask other people for things.
     
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    We get $200 per classroom at the beginning of the year (actually, at end of previous year to order before summer if possible). After jog-a-thon in September, we get an allotment from the "profits"--mine last year was about $185. At Christmas we got $50 from PTA; although that was considered a "personal" gift, most of us spent it on the classroom. Also, we entered and won a Science Fair project, and earned $50 from the sponsor. I know I am quite fortunate!
     
  31. benemma

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    I work at a private kindergarten and the director is awesome about supplies. If it is reasonable, for curriculum and/or for the kids use, she will get it. Office supplies are always available. I guess this is part of the benefit of private kindergarten. I feel lucky!
     
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    I am curious. What school in Michigan do you teach at?
     
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    We got $250 this year. After reading this I am starting to feel like this is alot although I know I've already spent more than this. My school usually gives us money at the end of the year to buy supplies like paper, crayons, markers, etc. I'm kinda out of luck this year though because this is my first year teaching that the teacher before me not only did not order anything but also took what little was left in the room. I was left in the room with one stack of construction paper and some math manipulatives. That's it!! Everything else has been cleaned out. So I'm having to buy everything now.
     
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    We get 100 bucks a year from "The Board." We sometimes get a Pre-K/ECSE budget. I rely on donorschoose! (And my own pocket).
     
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    $250.00.

    We get so much from our school to help our students out, though. :)
     
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    We get $200 from the school and $100 from PTA. Plus all the basic office supplies (stapler, tape, glue, expo markers, manila folders, hole punch, pens, pencils, markers, vis a vis markers, etc) are provided. The kids bring their own supplies, plus paper towels, kleenex, hand sanitizer, plastic baggies, disinfecting wipes, index cards, etc.

    I guess I have it pretty good...makes me wonder why I've spent almost $300 on supplies...but I am a new teacher. I could get reimburesed for things like the pocket charts I bought, but I want to be able to take those with me if I ever leave, so I guess I'll just pay for them myself.
     
  37. anadinem

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    we get $0 as a first year I expected to have some sort of budget since I am coming with nothing but all i have been told when I asked is that if I spend money out of pocket PTA will usually reimburse up to $75 - which is something I guess but nothing compared to how much of my own money I have already spent

    thats what we get for choosing to love this profession i suppose lol
     
  38. Alaskanteach

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    Same here.
     
  39. dixiedeb

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    Wow! I really am feeling fortunate. I usually get around $600 per year. This year I received $612 plus the Governor of Ga. provided every teacher in the state with a $100 gift card to purchase supplies before the start of school.
     
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    We get $100 at inservice. Also when school starts we get $10 per child as a craft fee. Most of our office supplies are provided, we supply our own ink pens. Also we have a whole room of stuff from old classrooms. The room has bulletin boards, toys, manipulatives, furniture, and lots of other stuff.

    We also have a wishing well - for the really big stuff!!!
     
  41. scienceteach50

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    we get 50 bucks for the whole year. I work for one of the most well to do counties in GA and I still only get 50 bucks and have no textbooks to teach with. The govenor gave us $100 gift cards this year to spend on supplies and that was a godsend.

    Consider yourselves blessed.
     

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