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Teachers Are Paying for Their Own PPE So U.S. Schools Can Reopen

Aug. 18, 2020, 11:00 AM

America’s schools have nowhere near the money they need to reopen safely in the pandemic. To bail themselves out, districts are tapping some unlikely benefactors: the nation’s 3.5 million teachers.

In Columbus, Georgia, Amber Dumbuya is spending more than $1,000, much of it out-of-pocket, to fortify her high school literature classroom. Like the proprietor of her own stationery store, she’s stocking up on dry-erase boards, pencil pouches, highlighters, floor cushions and metal stools. That way, her seniors can study in socially distant pods.

Dumbuya is preparing for back-to-school this year with extra pencils and highlighters that she plans to sanitize daily.
Source: Amber Dumbuya

“It’s a tough place to be,” said Dumbuya, whose own son starts kindergarten this year. “And ...

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