Do Teachers Have To Buy Their Own Supplies

As a teacher, you probably know that buying supplies can be expensive – especially if you’re buying them in bulk. But is it necessary for teachers to buy their own supplies? In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of buying your own supplies as a teacher.

What supplies do teachers need to buy?

Teachers have to buy their own supplies for a few reasons. First, teachers are paid on a per-hour basis, so they need to spend money to cover the time they spend in the classroom. Second, many schools provide very little in the way of supplies and resources for teachers. Third, many teachers supplement their income by teaching extra classes or workshops outside of their regular job. Fourth, teachers often have to purchase supplies from various sources because the school system does not stock them. Finally, some teachers have to purchase supplies on their own because the school system does not offer adequate reimbursement rates.

Can the school district provide these supplies?

Depending on the school district, teachers may be able to receive supplies such as paper, pencils, textbooks, and other materials free of charge. In some cases, the teacher may also be able to receive assistance in purchasing these supplies from the school district.

Some school districts may also provide teachers with laptop computers and/or extra funds to purchase textbooks and other materials necessary for teaching.

Each school district is different and it is ultimately up to the school district how they provide supplies and assistance to their teachers.

If you have any questions about how your school district provides supplies and assistance to their teachers, please contact the school district directly.

What can happen if a teacher doesn’t buy the supplies they need?

If a teacher doesn’t buy the supplies they need, they may run out of materials and have to find replacements. This could lead to less effective teaching and lower grades for students. In some cases, a teacher may have to borrow supplies from another teacher or school district. This can be disruptive and take away from classroom time. Teachers who don’t buy supplies may also miss out on important deals and discounts that are available to them.

Teachers’ Union Views on Supplies

Teachers’ unions across the country have taken different stances on whether or not teachers have to buy their own supplies. Some argue that they should not have to, while others say that teachers should be responsible for some of their own costs.

The National Education Association (NEA)

The NEA believes that teachers should not have to purchase their own supplies. According to NEA policy, “No state or local educational agency shall require teachers in public school classrooms to purchase any supplies or materials beyond those required by state and federal law.” This policy is intended to help ensure that all students have access to necessary supplies and encourages teachers to shop at discount stores.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

The AFT takes a different stance on whether or not teachers have to buy their own supplies. According to the AFT’s teaching materials policy, “Teachers should be able to purchase the supplies they need from local stores, using their own money if they choose. However, if a district elects to provide school supplies for teachers, the district should do so at no cost to the teacher.” This policy allows teachers some discretion in how they spend their own money and supports the idea that teachers should be able to purchase the supplies they need without having to rely on funding from the government or their school district.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA)

The NSBA is neutral on the issue of whether or not teachers have to purchase their own supplies. According to their policy on supplies, “National school boards should encourage local districts to provide teachers with necessary materials and equipment at no cost to the teacher.” This policy allows for a variety of approaches, depending on the individual district.

What Does the Law Say About Supplies?

Teachers in most states are not required to purchase their own supplies. This means that they may be eligible for school supplies grants and discounts. However, there are a few exceptions, such as in Connecticut, where teachers are required to purchase classroom materials and equipment with state funding.

In general, the law protects teachers’ right to purchase supplies with their own money. This means that they are not required to pay full price for supplies, and they are not limited in the types of supplies that they can purchase.


There is no universal answer to this question, as it largely depends on the teacher’s individual salary and how much money they are expected to spend on supplies. However, most teachers agree that buying their own supplies is a good way to save money and ensure that they have everything they need for each class.