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Letter to Representative Space (D-OH) Supporting his Enhancing Education Through Tax Relief Act

May 05, 2009

Dear Representative Space:

On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our strong support for the Enhancing Education through Tax Relief Act of 2009, which would make permanent the tax deduction for educators’ out-of-pocket classroom supply expenses. We thank you for your continued leadership and advocacy on this important issue.

As you know, the educator tax deduction helps recognize the financial sacrifices made by teachers and paraprofessionals, who often reach into their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies such as books, pencils, paper, and art supplies. Studies show that teachers are spending more of their own funds each year to supply their classrooms and purchase essential items such as pencils, glue, scissors, and facial tissues. During the 2005-2006 school year, educators’ out-of-pocket expenses totaled nearly $2,000 – $826 for classroom supplies and $926 for instructional materials on average, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association.

By making the deduction permanent, your legislation will make a real difference for many educators, who often must sacrifice other personal needs in order to pay for classroom supplies and instructional materials.

NEA also supports your proposals to extend permanently

  • The tax deduction for contribution of books to public schools
  • The deduction for corporations that donate computers to schools
  • Credits for holders of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, and
  • The deduction of above-the-line tuition costs

Each of these provisions, which would otherwise expire at the end of 2009, provide invaluable support to our nation’s public schools.

We thank you again for your work on this important legislation and look forward to continuing to work with you to support our nation’s educators.


Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy