As millions of students head back to school in coming weeks, they’ll be toting more than just a few notebooks and a backpack, reports the Washington Post.
Increasingly, public schools are leaning on families to outfit entire classrooms, asking them to supply items as varied as cardstock, copier paper, hand sanitizer and Band-Aids. Those rising costs, which far outpace the rate of inflation and wage increases, place a particular burden on the growing number of students from low-income families in the nation’s public schools.
Dan Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools says the assumption that families will comply is stressful for those with low incomes,
“This expansion of school supply expectations beyond just the student becomes not just another barrier, it sends out a signal to a family that you’re inadequate,” Cardinali said. “It tells them that not only can’t they outfit their kid, now they can’t support the institution, either.”
But as the Washington Post reports, Communities In Schools is helping families across the country - from Ottawa, Kansas to Washington D.C. - meet those increased school supply needs. Click here to read more.