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The other day my daughters and I ventured to Target, armed with their school supply list. This year's list seemed more elaborate than last year, and I confirmed that thought at the check out. We spent nearly $100 for supplies... supplies for pre-school. I can only imagine the bill for elementary school and beyond. I suppose if you break it down by child, I spent $25 each... but had they needed new backpacks this year then the bill per child would have been even higher. I should preface all of this by saying I grew up with two parents for teachers. My mom taught first grade. My dad taught at the college level. I have a great respect for teachers and the work they do. I have seen first hand the money they spend out of their own pocket to make sure their students have the necessary tools to succeed. My mom even spent her own money to paint her classroom. But some things on this year's supply list left me a little befuddled. Backpack? Check. Crayons? Check. Water color paints? Check. A box of Kleenex? Yeah, OK. A ream of copy paper? Ummm.... Our public schools certainly face trying times. It seems fewer and fewer levies are being passed. But what is going on with the budgets that the school can't even provide teachers with paper to make copies for homework, handouts, etc? I don't have a problem buying supplies needed to complete school work. I just find it odd that we, as parents, are now being asked to buy anything and everything the teacher will use. I'm not even blaming the teacher. I don't think she should be expected to supply her class with paper towels or cups. I just wish districts would take a look at their budgets and figure out if they're spending wisely.