President & CEO
The NEA Foundation
“It’s no surprise that too many students start each school year without the supplies they need, or walk into classrooms that don’t have the resources required for a productive year. For anyone who knows a teacher, it’s also no surprise that they reach into their own pockets to help meet these needs. The extent to which they do so, however, never fails to astound me.
According to a 2013 study, teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money on supplies for their classrooms