Thursday, September 16, 2004
( 8:33 AM ) teahouse
When I was a kid, we used to a get that "School Supply List" each September. Pens, pencils, notebooks. At the end of the list it would always say, "1 roll of paper towels, 1 box of tissues."
Now I realize why that was. The poor teachers weren't getting any money to buy these supplies.
One of my friends is doing Teach for America in New Orleans. Her main expense is school supplies for her class, and she pays for it out-of-pocket, with no chance of reimbursement. And she makes something like $24,000 a year.
She knows she doesn't have to do it, but if she doesn't, her students are the ones who suffer. Their parents can barely afford to buy notebooks.
What's wrong with this scenario? If we can afford huge tax breaks for big corporations, can't we give teachers a small break too?
I'm neither a conservative nor a liberal; I just don't trust big corporations.
....which is why I post my blog from home, and not from my office where I work as one of their lawyers.