Every school year comes with different challenges, needs, and priorities. 

But one thing that doesn’t seem to change is how, every fall, teachers ritualistically empty their pocketbooks, purchasing materials America fails to provide its students. 

Thanks to squeezed budgets due to inadequate state and local funding, educators end up spending an average of $687 per year out of pocket. They also use platforms like DonorsChoose, where the public can help out with purchasing materials, thus easing the financial burden on teachers — whose paychecks are too small to begin with.

This year, Black teachers are specifically requesting classroom materials focused on literacy and language, STEM, and life skills, according to data from DonorsChoose. Their requests are also prioritizing students with disabilities, and items for health, sports, and wellness. 

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