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Survey of Texas Teachers and Administrators by Texas A&M University-Commerce Shows Personal Funds Being Used to Buy Classroom Materials

Survey of Texas Teachers and Administrators by Texas A&M University-Commerce Shows Personal Funds Being Used to Buy Classroom Materials

TAMUC assists teachers with funding for instructional materials

University steps in to provide Mesquite ISD with 800+ back-to-school kits to cover all new teachers and Texas A&M University-Commerce alumni for 2018-2019 school year

Texas A&M University-Commerce pointed to its own 2018 statewide survey of teachers and administrators to show that significant amounts of personal funds are being spent on classroom supplies each year. According to the survey, 98 percent of teachers and principals spent personal money on classroom instructional materials in the 2017-2018 school year and anticipate spending similar amounts during the upcoming year.

“This survey confirmed what we already knew – that teachers invest in their students by sharing their time and talent, but also give from their personal funds,” said the survey’s architect, Mark Reid, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce. “First year teachers, veteran teachers with more than 15 years of experience (and those in between), routinely pay out hundreds of dollars to buy instructional supplies each year.”

Texas A&M University-Commerce completed the survey to better understand the experience of new teachers entering the profession, particularly the graduates of its teacher certification programs. Results from the survey mirror other similar surveys from across the country, and include data points such as:

  • Ninety-eight percent of the 200 teachers who responded to the survey spent personal money on classroom instructional materials.
  • Nearly 90 percent of the teachers spent more than $150 of their personal money on instructional supplies.
  • Almost 25 percent of the teachers paid out a minimum of $500 of their own money on classroom materials.
  • More than 76 percent of the 38 principals who responded used personal funds to support instruction.

A result of the survey data drove Texas A&M University-Commerce in action. Alumni from the university – including retired teachers – along with current faculty and administrators – are teaming up to make “Back to School 2018” memorable.

More than 400 MISD teachers, and dozens of district administrators, are alumni of A&M-Commerce, and the university has plans to help them get the school year off to a resounding start. Each alumni educator will receive a backpack of school supplies at a reception at 4 p.m. on August 9, 2018. Texas A&M University-Commerce will also contribute school supplies for each of the more than 450 new MISD teachers to help them get their first year off to a solid start.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a public school in North Texas where A&M-Commerce graduates aren’t serving today,” said Tim Letzring, Ed.D Dean of the College of Education. “This time of year is special for us because it serves as a reminder of the importance of the work we do in preparing future teachers and administrators.”

Savannah Abbott
Savannah.Abbott@tamuc.edu
1Comment
  • Ted R. Crim
    Posted at 21:46h, 25 July Reply

    Provision of supplies essential for attendance in public schools through the expenditure of personal funds of already underpaid public school teachers’ is a gracious and noteworthy gesture of support from our wonderful teachers and administrators. Perhaps an equally necessary and appropriate measure to ensure that children attending public schools in Texas have the requisite supplies to participate effectively in the public educational process would be to vote out the goofy State legislators’ who have created this indefensible shortfall in the first place.. After all, is that not the reason why these undeserving people currently serving in the State Assembly are supposed to be there? Whether anyone understands it or not, it is time for a significant change in State government representation. The good people and children of Texas deserve much better!

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