When Alexandra Sorin buys school supplies for her students, a decent chunk of the fee comes out of her pocket.
“I definitely spend $1,000 to $1,500 dollars every year,” the Grade 3 public school teacher from Toronto told The Current’s Matt Galloway.
Part of that spending goes towards basic classroom supplies like glue sticks and rulers — things outside of her classroom budget of $200 to $400, which is given to her by the school board.
“Whether you have 20 students in your class or 34 students in your class, your budget is exactly the same,” she said. “So if you average that out, it’s [usually] less than $9 for students for the whole year.”