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Old 08-14-2013, 10:42 PM
 
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Would it be better if school supplies were bought by school? ..... with our tax dollars?

Every year I see parents struggling buying school supplies
Driving to the store, dealing with crowds, dealing with lines, etc, etc, etc.

The reason i ask this question is because I happen to work for a big company
Big company = big discounts
Why not just let the school districts buy all the school supplies at 50% of the cost (buy by bulk) getting it all shipped to the school and making life easier for parents.

Am I the only one that has thought about this?

 
Old 08-14-2013, 10:47 PM
 
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The PTO or PTA of many schools do this. Then they sell it to the parents at cost. It is definitely worth it.

I worked in an inner city school district in the Houston Area and the district gave each grade level money for supplies. ( pencils,paper,construction paper, spirals, etc...) they used Title 1 money for books, computers, etc.... Then they had money to provide supplies.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Volunteer State
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Would it be better if school supplies were bought by school? ..... with our tax dollars?

Every year I see parents struggling buying school supplies
Driving to the store, dealing with crowds, dealing with lines, etc, etc, etc.

The reason i ask this question is because I happen to work for a big company
Big company = big discounts
Why not just let the school districts buy all the school supplies at 50% of the cost (buy by bulk) getting it all shipped to the school and making life easier for parents.

Am I the only one that has thought about this?
I think that's a good idea and I'm sure that many districts would do this... if they had the budget for it.

With the increasing cost of things - technology, books, maintanence, gas for buses, utilities for buildings, etc. - and the unwillingness of many community voters to increase property taxes for increased funding, it's becoming increasingly harder to do just this. We used to use the funds from drink machines to buy paper for our copiers, but since most have been taken out due to... well, you know... we've been limited to 1000 copies a month. (that's 500 pages front and back, not 1000 pieces of paper). If we as a system could furnish this stuff for the students (especially sicen most of our schools are Title I) I truly believe we'd do it.

I personally think our free, public education should be just that - free. But then reality kicks in.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Whoville....
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Would it be better if school supplies were bought by school? ..... with our tax dollars?

Every year I see parents struggling buying school supplies
Driving to the store, dealing with crowds, dealing with lines, etc, etc, etc.

The reason i ask this question is because I happen to work for a big company
Big company = big discounts
Why not just let the school districts buy all the school supplies at 50% of the cost (buy by bulk) getting it all shipped to the school and making life easier for parents.

Am I the only one that has thought about this?
No because like everything else, the budget would get cut. We would never get what we need.

What I've seen work is for parents to supply materials for the class. If those who can afford more buy more that takes care of those who can't. Unfortunately, I teach high school so no one buys anything for my classes. I'm on my own for Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper, pencils...
 
Old 08-15-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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No because like everything else, the budget would get cut. We would never get what we need.

What I've seen work is for parents to supply materials for the class. If those who can afford more buy more that takes care of those who can't. Unfortunately, I teach high school so no one buys anything for my classes. I'm on my own for Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper, pencils...
When my kids were in high school, they had lists from each teacher, just like middle school and elem. school. Some teachers requested these and some didn't. It's not like buying school supplies stops when they are in high school.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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No. It will be wasted and not taken care of.

Take that box of tissues. Why do kids need 5 tissues at a time to blow their nose ?
If the parents can afford family cell phone plans and iPods they can afford $1 notebooks.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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It does seem like a good idea, but unfortunately, you will see a larger number of student not valuing the items because now it is an entitlement. I see this a lot with workbooks supplied by the school. They (obviously, not all) think nothing of losing it. I used to supply pencils for kids who didn't bring them, but I could see that when it was freely given, I was supplying the same kids with pencils all the time. When I quit giving them pencils, they miraculously would bring their own.

I required a specific type of notebook set up a specific way and would go purchase the 600 of them at the beginning of the school year when they were on sale for a $0.15 each. Students used to be able to reimburse me, but as of late, the process of collecting money from students has become so onerous that I quit doing it. It's unfortunate too, because it was a win-win for everyone.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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It would be good if the school sold it to the parents at cost.

Unfortunately, my son's new elementary school charges us $60 and provides the supplies, and there's no WAY it's costing them that much per kid. For third-graders???? We are totally getting ripped off.

I'm a couponer and I buy supplies for my seventh-grader, who has a major workload, with two foreign lanuages and multiple heavy duty binders and special math paper and on and on and I maybe will spend $10 cash when all is said and done. There are *that* many deals out there at this time of year. $60 is freaking highway robbery. Grr.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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My school is private and does provide most supplies. They are kept under lock and key, literally, and doled out like a controlled substance, too...like it's a prison commissary or something.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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No because like everything else, the budget would get cut. We would never get what we need.

What I've seen work is for parents to supply materials for the class. If those who can afford more buy more that takes care of those who can't. Unfortunately, I teach high school so no one buys anything for my classes. I'm on my own for Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper, pencils...
My child's high school teachers ask for items on a wish list available on their websites. I am sure there are many parents who don't send in things, but I do, and I know many parents who do as well.
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