How much money do you get for a classroom budget?

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  1. perplexed

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    My first school I taught at was $1,200 which I thought was a lot. My second school was $700. Next school year, I got a job in a new district, and I think we get nothing:( I'm okay with it, but it's sad to go from so much to nothing. Oh well. I'm looking forward to my new position, so it's worth it!
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    Zero.
     
  4. mkbren88

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    I've never had a classroom budget. I have had to purchase most of my things myself. I could have asked to be reimbursed, but I would rather the materials belong to me, unless they were consumable materials for science or art projects. At the end of this year, we had a coin drive and the money we raised in our class was for us to use in our classroom. So, after 3 years there, I had $38 dollars that didn't belong to me that I could spend (even though most of the change in the jar was from me since it started out as a contest). I am not returning in the fall so the new teacher will have that money to spend.
     
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    Nothing.
     
  6. giraffe326

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    Zero as well.
     
  7. Mellz Bellz

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    We got $150 for each teacher to spend on classroom supplies. This was evidently a good year. I think last year the other EC teacher and I had $200 to split between the two of us.
     
  8. mopar

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    We get to order supplies for the next year but there is no set limit (well, I'm sure there is, the teachers have never been told a number). With the economy, our union has recommended keeping supply orders to around $100.
     
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    Zip. Zilch. None. Nada. Sucks this year because I moved to fifth and have to set up a new room. My building doesn't, but others in my district have building wide themes. I think that's really rude seeing as how we don't get any money. :mad:
     
  10. stampin'teacher

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    When I was in public school, we got nothing. At the private school I work at now it's $2,500. I'm extremely lucky.
     
  11. ku_alum

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    Now, $100. It used to be $400.
    Teachers with labs (e.g. chemistry, welding) get more.
     
  12. RainStorm

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    We get nothing.
     
  13. MsMar

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    Zero. But the school does provide us with pencils, paper, markers and composition books. Not a bottomless supply of it, but enough for me to have a marker bin and to put out about 7 pencils in my pencil cup each day. Those are all gone by 9:30 though so for the rest of the day they have to find a friend to borrow from or use one of my mechanical ones with the assurance to hand it back to me (and they always do).
     
  14. Mrs. K.

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    A whole lotta nothing!
     
  15. lucybelle

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    Money?:lol::spitwater:

    Yeah right! If I want to put anything in my room or do a lab or get supplies or do anything, I pay for it out of pocket.
     
  16. onestepcloser

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    Nada.
     
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    Our PTO gives us $100. Our district - nothing (except spec ed teachers).
     
  18. pwhatley

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    Wow, I think I'm lucky because we got $50 for "M&S" (Materials & supplies) that have to be ordered through one of two school catalogs. Too bad, because (as a sale shopper :) ) I could get waaaayyy more for my money!
     
  19. callmebob

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    Our first year was $100, after that it went to nothing. So it is mostly a matter of make do with what you got or get donations from parents.
     
  20. janlee

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    I'm able to spend between $400 -500. I also have an equipment budget as well (for bookcases, rugs, special tables) All consumable items are purchased by the school secretary (colored paper, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, paint etc) so I don't have to include any of those things in my budget unless it's a special type of paper, paint, etc. I am very, very lucky.
     
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    I was given a catalog and when I asked budget was told as little as possible.
     
  22. Emily Bronte

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    we have a curriculum budget of 700. Most of the teachers in my department pool our budgets so that we can order more materials.
     
  23. iteachbx

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    Nothing.
     
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    I've had four hundred, one hundred, one hundred fifty, and zero.
     
  25. iteachbx

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    What I wouldn't give for money for new bookshelves! All of ours are too short to actually hold any bins with books in them.
     
  26. howdyaggie12

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    A hundred.
     
  27. Ima Teacher

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    Nothing.

    We can ask for things that we need, and I've never been turned down for anything yet . . . but we don't get a budget.
     
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    $350
    Used to get more just a few years ago, but it turns out to be enough.
     
  29. Tasha

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    Around 150-200, depending on what we spend as a team. Our team gets a budget and the DC orders general supplies (paint, chart paper, etc...) and splits the rest between the 6 of us to buy classroom materials.
     
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    $700 split between the three of us in my department. This money must cover the cost of all classroom magazines as well, so my share is spent in one fell swoop.
     
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    In my former district I got $300, in my new district I will get $200, but my salary is significantly higher...so it definitely still works out in my favor. However, I am "inheriting" almost nothing in this classroom- I think I will even need to get my own bookshelves since the teacher I'm replacing said that most of the ones in the room were hers. I have a feeling I'll be burning through that $200 very quickly! Remember $250 of what you spend on your classroom is tax deductible also, so everyone has that...of course you have to put up the money up front, but you eventually get it back.
     
  32. agdamity

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    By state law, we get $500. At my last school (title 1 school) we got all of it for personal classroom use. At my current school, (not title 1), we get $400 for classroom use and the other $100 is used for copy paper and laminating film.
     
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    This year it was $200. When I started at this school it was $650 per teacher, then dropped to $600, then $450, then $100 last year. We all felt like Christmas morning when told it was $200 this year.
     
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    Classroom budget? What's this classroom budget you're all speaking of??? :lol:
     
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    I never knew teachers got a budget for that stuff. My mentor told me that you can use supplies as a tax ride off--but I THINK he said only up to $200.
     
  36. bizzbeth125

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    There is a "budget" but noone has ever been turned down- and our supply lists are LOOOOOOONG. We are very, very, very lucky. :wub:
     
  37. hbcaligirl1985

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    Wanna send me some of your goodies ;)
     
  38. FarFromHome

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    It's $300 at my current school. The teachers were complaining that it used to be $500, and I told them how I got nothing my last two years in Idaho. In my music position I was actually able to spend up to $1,500. I believe I would usually get the same amount as everyone else, but since I'm starting up some new after-school programs my principal gave me more money. I was shocked that he told me I could spend that much.
     
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    We don't have a budget, but there is a list that we can order a class set of certain items from. We can get a class set of pencils, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, and erasers. Yes because a class set of pencils is sufficient.
     
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    Teachers in my district get $150 but that needs to cover everything for the year - every sheet of paper, pencil, etc.
     
  41. chebrutta

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    Used to be $200 from the state, $500 from the school budget.

    Now it's $100 from the state (in November), nothing from the school. Good thing I'm still fairly well stocked the $500 years.
     

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