TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's a new school year and that means new supplies.
Many families in Leon County have been busy getting everything they need for school. But, getting supplies doesn't just put a dent in parents' pockets, it affects teachers too.
We all love walking into classrooms that are fun, colorful, and make you want to learn. However, with the budget teachers have to work with, creating this learning environment isn't easy.
Tamala Carter is one of many who says the supply budget doesn't come close to covering what she likes to bring into her classroom. As a 3rd grade teacher at Bond Elementary, she likes her learning environment to be exciting and engaging.
"The budget absolutely does not cover what I like to bring into my classroom, but I'm very grateful for anything that we're given in terms of support," said Carter. "So this year, we received $285 and I far exceeded that with my own money. But I'm very happy to do it and I've always done that."
Carter says, she spent nearly a thousand dollars out of pocket. And according to the National Center of Education, nearly all public school teachers dig into their pockets for school supplies.