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Local families wonder why the school districts cannot provide more materials and also, exactly how low-paid are the teachers?

Some families would like to see teachers paid less and school districts use the savings to supply some of the expensive and numerous supplies required – even for half-day Kindergarten.

In a Kindergarten year of 179 or 180 days at 3 hours per day attendance, can all of the materials listed even be used? Probably not, since a nap and a snack time are subtracted from the 3 hours. Learning takes up perhaps 2.5 hours a day. Subtract another 30 minutes for singing, dancing, and other physical learning, and we are left with 2 hours per day for using markers and paper and the like. Of course, uncapped markers dry up, pencils are tossed away or broken, etc. Families notice all this.

How much to the Kindergarten teachers make a year, anyway? In Ohio, more than most of the families whose kids they teach —

via Why Must Half-Day Kindergartners Spend Over $100 for School Supplies?.

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