As school budgets tighten, list for school supplies grow

The back-to-school supply list seems to get longer every year, and it raises the question that if millions in tax dollars are spent on schools, then why, in addition to paper and pencils, do lists include items like cleaning supplies and ink cartridges?

It's trickle-down economics, say teachers, parents and administrators.

School budget reductions put financial pressure on principals who put pressure on teachers, many of whom already subsidized their classrooms out of pocket. The teachers seek help from parents.

When Georgia Powell saw the lists for her three grandchildren, two of whom are in elementary school, her response: ”Oh, my goodness.“

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