(Dec 9) Bill would reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket expenses

By Dennis Owens  Posted: Dec 09, 2013 5:45 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 09, 2013 5:58 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) –

Rich Askey teaches music at Harrisburg’s Foose School. He’s been an educator for 30 years. So how much of his own money has he spent on his students in those three decades?

“There’s no way I can do that calculation for you,” he said, but added it’s a lot.

At least several hundred dollars a year, he says. For instance, this year Askey purchased supplemental music to enhance his textbooks, which he says are 20 years old.

“So I can at least give my kids music that isn’t old school and tired. I’m always spending money on my classroom just to give the kids the best advantage possible,” Askey said.

Askey’s not alone, which prompted Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) to introduce a bill that would reimburse teachers up to $500 in tax credits when they use their own money on school supplies that help students.

Full story, with video: Bill would reimburse teachers for out-of-pocket expenses Dennis Owens, abc27, 12/9/13

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