Teachers Lament Loss of School-Supply Funds

Article published in NYTimes By JESSICA CAMPBELL on September 2, 2011

The city budget approved in June may have saved teachers’ jobs, but it did not save the Teacher’s Choice program, dampening teachers’ summer ritual of shopping for fresh classroom supplies.

The program — established in the 1980s by the United Federation of Teachers and the city to support teachers’ discretionary spending — has been suspended for this school year. The program allowed teachers to make purchases for their classrooms and to be reimbursed, up to a dollar limit.

That limit has decreased over the last few years, from $220 at its peak to $110 in the last school year, making the program’s suspension somewhat foreseeable.

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