MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Teachers deserve more. That's the message you sent the day we told you Horry County School Board Chairman Joe DeFeo supported a raise for the board.
You sounded off on Facebook, pointing out many local teachers are reaching into their own pockets to support education.
Read watch all three parts of our in-depth investigative report:
Below you can read more background information on what led to our investigation, and some of the results we received from our teacher surveys:
Through a WMBF News investigation, we found the state of South Carolina gives every public school teacher $275 for supplies. The state Department of Education says this is meant to be supplemental, and the DOE did request an increase from lawmakers.
WMBF News requested an interview with Superintendent Molly Spearman, at this point that interview has not happened. A spokesmen did respond to email saying, "Classroom supplies (pens, pencils, paper, staplers, etc.) is not the direct responsibility of the state. Districts utilize a variety of funding mechanisms to provide this to teachers and administrators in their districts."
Through a survey of local teachers, WMBF News found the $275 yearly check simply doesn't cover the voluntary supply costs for many.
Responses from Darlington, Dillon 2, 3 and 4, Florence 1, 3 and 5, Horry, Marion and Marlboro School Districts
Grades Represented: Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Average Spent: $635.93
Most Spent: $2,500
When asked if teachers get enough financial support from their district, 110, or 92.4 percent, responded "No."
Below is a list of some of the supplies that teachers told us they bought themselves for their classrooms:
Atom Building Kits
Dry Erase Markers
Field Trip Fees
Ink for Printer