I am a Crayola "Gold star teacher" which basically means Crayola gives me $100 to hang out at Wal-Mart on the back to school aisle and help people find school supplies. I just completed my 4 hour tour of duty, and I have to tell you, I was SHOCKED at some of the requests of elementary school teachers. In addition to what I would consider the basics (paper, pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue, ruler, construction paper, folders/notebooks, graph paper, index cards), there were several special items that took the parents by surprise. Examples: 1 fine point yellow dry erase marker (they only come in a set of 4 for $5) 1 package of Vis a Vis transparency markers (almost $5) 1 ream of dot matrix printer paper (not available at my Wal-Mart) 1 50ct packet of white (not manilla) construction paper ($5) 1 50ct pack of 12x18 construction paper (not available at my Wal-Mart) Coloring board ? (we never could figure out what that was) 3 packages spiral bound note cards These items were either very costly or hard to find. Some of these parents had 3 children in elementary school, and they were beside themselves with how they were going to supply all of this. For the parents of low income houses, I'm just not sure it's possible. It really set a bad tone for a lot of these parents, and school hasn't even started. They were bitter, angry and frustrated. And of course, they complained about the teachers the entire time. I'm wondering if we aren't shooting ourselves in the foot by requiring some of these supplies. What do you guys think? Do you think there should be a price limit on what teachers require? I teach high school, so I'm lucky if they bring a pen and paper.