Teachers Paying Out of Pocket

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The numbers define a monetary dedication to the profession, and blame the gap on school funding. The study says 67 percent of teachers say they spend more than four years ago.

Nineteen percent say the spending is the same. Ten percent say they spend less.

State aid has remained about steady over that time.

2002 $6300
2003 $6700
2004 $6700
2005 $6700