Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:57 AM
MadHound (34,179 posts)
Lost in the fine print.
Of all the possibilities being considered by various parties in this upcoming "grand bargain", raising the retirement age, closing tax loopholes, etc., one tax break being considered as an offering to the deficit gods is going unnoticed and unremarked. That is the elimination of the tax deduction that teachers get for purchasing school supplies.
It isn't a big deduction, up to $250, that's it. But for many teachers it is important. Virtually every teacher has to purchase classroom supplies of some sort or another, especially teachers that live in rural and urban school districts. Given that teachers' salaries aren't terribly much, an extra $250 in the pocket means a lot.
But according to NPR yesterday, this deduction could very well become a victim of the grand bargain, along with the mortgage deduction and other middle class tax deductions.
Given the attack on education that this administration has carried over from Bush, given the lack of respect, and money, that teachers are given in this country, eliminating this tax deduction will simply add insult to injury. Once again, it will be clear, teachers are to give of themselves, sacrificing money and time, all for the joy of helping children learn. Never mind that in reality, teachers are increasingly unable to afford to continue to be teachers. Apparently we are supposed to take a vow of poverty or something similar.
What would happen if teachers across the country simply refused to purchase classroom supplies? Paper, pencils, scissors, all those small but vital things that keep a classroom running smoothly. Perhaps the general public would finely wake up. I doubt it however, more than likely teachers will simply be blamed once more, as we are always blamed for all of societies ills.
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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:09 PM
MH1 (15,808 posts)
2. I heard this on NPR and I had a similar reaction.
It just doesn't seem fair to put teachers in this situation. Many are not paid what they should be to begin with.