The Republicans want to end the $250 teacher tax deduction.
The tax break was supposed to compensate us for the cost of teaching supplies teachers pay for out of their own pockets each year.
Well somebody has to pay for the reduction in corporate taxes in the GOP plan.
What a joke. It won’t be teachers’ tax deduction. That $250 tax deduction won’t even begin to cover it.
The $250 isn’t a dollar for dollar tax break like what the Illinois General Assembly recently gave rich private school donors. If Ken Griffin gives a million dollars to the Catholic Church’s schools, he gets to take $750,000 of his tax bill.
A teacher can claim a $250 reduction in calculating their taxable earnings. It might not reduce their taxes at all.
I’m not sure which was more insulting. The amount of the deduction or taking it away. But since I’m not in the classroom anymore I’ll go with taking it away.
Here is my suggestion. Make an appointment with your congressman and take them to your neighborhood public school. Or a random neighborhood public school. Be sure to get permission from the front office and make an appointment with the teacher first. He or she is likely very busy for surprise visitors to show up.
Walk around the room. Bring a calculator if you must. Check out the plastic bins (they bought them) and the number of books in those bins (they bought them). The blocks in the corner. The posters on the wall. The materials in the choice corner. The teacher likely bought most or all of it.
Someone estimates the actual dollar amount teachers spend for their classrooms out of pocket is $500 bucks. That is total bullshit. I worked in a relatively well-off school district and the parent teacher organization even gave me a small check each year for art supplies. I spent way more than that out of my own pocket. Over a thousand bucks I would estimate.
The truth is that teacher spending is a major subsidy to U.S. public school education.
Thank God for Costco.