If you think teachers have it easy because they get summers off, ask yourself this question: How much of your own money do you spend on work supplies each year? If you're like most people, it's right around zero.
Well, according to a new survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, teachers spend a LOT more than that.
According to the survey, the average classroom needs about $1,000 of supplies each year . . . and $485 of that comes straight out of the teacher's pocket.
About 40% is for instructional materials, like books . . . 30% goes toward school supplies . . . and the other 30% covers miscellaneous classroom materials.
So all together, it's estimated that public school teachers spent $3.2 billion in educational products during the last school year . . . and $1.6 billion of that was from their OWN pockets.
Only 25% of teachers said that PARENTS were required to pay for supplies, which is down from 47% in 2010.