Govt. Kemp issues $125 supplement for teachers to offset class fees

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Teachers at Holly Springs Elementary in Douglasville have made final preparations for the first day of school next week.

And with inflation soaring, it’s a costly proposition this year for fourth grade teacher Katie Winslett.

“There’s a lot of stuff on our Amazon list, our personal list, and we kind of have a checklist at Walmart and we know what we want, we just don’t always have the funds to access it at that time,” Winslett said.

According to a national survey of AdoptAClassroom.orgteachers spend an average of $750 out of pocket on school supplies.

“I probably should, if I were to do a roundabout, maybe $800 is what comes out of my pocket that I pour straight into my classroom for my students,” Winslett said.

To offset some of the cost, Gov. Brian Kemp announced a $125 supplement for every public school teacher on Friday.

“I’m very confident in what our educators are doing to prepare our schools to be ready,” the governor said. said Kemp.

I also offered teachers a $125 scholarship in January. The $250 aid is a mere dent in most teachers’ budgets, but it’s always appreciated.

“So when I heard the news, I was thrilled. Any kind of grant or assistance to cushion what we are already pouring into our classrooms from our own funds is always very exciting,” said Winslett “So when you get a grant or a supplement, it’s immediately used and well used.”