Proposed deduction to help teachers meet disbursements

by: Liz Anastasiadis

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Washington, DC (WKBN) — Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) discussed at a press conference his efforts to increase the amount educators can deduct from their taxes for reimbursable class fees on Wednesday.

The Educator Expense Deduction Modernization Bill 2022 was introduced the week of April 6. If passed, it would increase the current teacher deduction from $250 to $1,000 and continue to rise with inflation.

“Teachers work as hard as anyone – often harder – to support our students, but they don’t get paid nearly the salaries and benefits they deserve, and they often spend hundreds of dollars of their hard-earned money on supplies for their classrooms,” Senator Brown said in a press release.

According to the Department of Education, 94% of public school teachers reportedly paid for school supplies without reimbursement, with nearly one in 10 spending more than $1,000 each year.

Teachers are paid, on average, 20% less than other professionals with similar skills.

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