Your child’s teacher may never tell you, but he or she is taking on the burden of buying classroom materials with their hard-earned money. With school budget cuts across the nation, school teachers are on a budget. According to a recent survey conducted by SheerID, last year, teachers in the U.S. spent an average of $514/year of their hard-earned money to improve student learning. When teachers were asked what they primarily spent on, topping the list were instructional materials and classroom supplies; followed closely by books for the classroom and professional development. Ask your child’s teacher how you can help..