City teachers paying more out of pocket to stock their classrooms with supplies

WPIX 11 New York

RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS (PIX11) – Teacher’s Choice Plus on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood is like a toy store for teachers: packed with all the papers, pencils, and books needed to make the classroom pop on the first day of school.
And each August teachers flock to stores like this one to stock up on supplies.

But more and more teachers are paying for these supplies out of their own pockets.

According to a recent poll by, almost 90% of K through 12th grade teachers are using their own money to stock their classrooms.

Daniel Solo owns the teacher supply store, and says getting ready for the school year isn’t cheap.

“A new teacher starting these days probably puts three to four hundred dollars as an initial investment into that classroom and continues to spend throughout the year,”  Solo said.

In the past, teachers were reimbursed for money spent on their…

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