Proposed Legislation Would Redirect Funds To Teachers For Classroom Supplies

Proposed Legislation Would Redirect Funds To Teachers For Classroom Supplies

4:22pm Apr 03, 2019
KERI BROWN/WFDD

State Superintendent of Schools Mark Johnson and Republican lawmakers announced a new plan Wednesday to help teachers purchase the items they need.

A bill has been introduced in the legislature that would shift funding earmarked for districts to purchase school supplies directly to teachers.

They would receive $400 to buy items for their classroom.

Teachers would create an account using the ClassWallet app to make purchases and submit reimbursements. Superintendent Mark Johnson says it would ensure that every teacher has direct access to funds for buying supplies and make the process easier.

Lawmakers say the system will also help them see how the money is spent, which could help with future budgeting.

Some teachers told the online newspaper EdNC that they support the idea, but would like to see an additional pot of money for the program, instead of reallocating current funds for public schools. They also said they're worried about potential impacts the changes could have on their local districts.

If the lawmakers approve the measure, it would start in the 2019/2020 school year.

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