Local teacher says tax credit bill would benefit students

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Indiana teachers who spend their own money on school supplies could get a bigger break on their taxes.

A bill making its way to the Senate would increase tax credit for those supplies from $100 to $500 per year. 

Some teachers want to provide the best education they can, but that can come at a hefty price. 

When you walk into Mrs.Stump’s first grade classroom at South Terrace Elementary the colors, objects and posters pop immediately. 

“You need things for visual learners and things for auditory learners. The more things you can have the more chance you’re gonna reach every student and teaching,” said first grade teacher Erin Stump. 

She’s collected a lot of things after being a teacher for 21 years, but year, “I always start the year when there’s a sale at Target and Walmart, “she spends more to add more.

“It’s important to continue adding to what I already have just to make sure I can make a difference for every kid, not leave anybody out,” she said. 

Last year, Stump spent almost $900 only on things she had receipts for. It’s a hard price for any teacher to pay, but one that’s worth it for the kids. 

“I want to treat them just like I want my own kids treated and be the kind of teacher I needed when I was a kid and be the kind of teacher my kids have.”

To spare a penny or two, she’s gotten crafty at times, but the proposed tax credit could go a long way in her classroom as she continues to be the best teacher she can be. 

The bill passed in a Senate committee Tuesday. It’s now on its way to the full Senate for a vote. 

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(This story was originally published on February 13, 2019)

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