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Who is Funding Your Child's Classroom Experience?

Your child's classroom experience will rely on the PTA more than ever before as tax bennies expire for educators.

 

As the funding for our children’s classroom dwindles, our children’s classroom experience is about to take another hit.  Teachers across America will soon learn that the Educator Expense Deduction, which was revitalized under the “Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004”, has expired and questions of it being renewed remain unanswered for 2012’s taxes.  

The Educator Expense Deduction allowed qualified educators in private, elementary or secondary schools to deduct up to $250 of unreimbursed expenses, such as instructional material, software, and various supplies, against their adjusted gross income (AGI) offering a small tax benefit.  

Certainly, the tax upset is not enough to make or break families of educators nationwide, but it is yet another blow to our children’s academic experience that could possibly leave salary reduced educators feeling “fed up” with all of the bureaucracy and they just may not be as willing to provide the materials that they need anymore.

Parents, it’s time to take action and help promote a well-rounded experience in your child’s classroom by supporting your local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or Organization (PTO).  PTA’s are community groups formed with parents and educators from your child’s school.  These leaders realize the shortfalls that influence their particular school and work their butts off to help offset the budget
shortfalls.  PTA’s support many facets of education including field trips, playground equipment, school supplies and various school specific grants. 

Selling gift-wrap or buying cookie dough is a great way to support your local PTA. It does help your school of choice and your school will receive a small financial benefit from each container sold.  As a parent supporter, you will receive a non-tax-deductible-glop-of-cookie-dough that remains forever on your hips.

However, a check slipped into it an envelope delivered within your child's backback, can offer more opportunities to the classroom environment than stockpiling ginormous amounts of frozen cookie dough because 100% of your check will go towards funding the classroom experience.   100%--How cool is that?!?!?

Who else benefits from your monetary donations?  You do.  Not only will you experience the “warm fuzzies” of charitable giving, you will receive a tax benefit at the end of the year.  Keep that canceled check (payable to your local PTA) handy and Voila! You will earn a tax benefit because PTA’s are considered a Qualified Organization in the IRS’s eyes. 

Help your child receive the classroom opportunities that they deserve TODAY by supporting your local PTA or PTO.  No check is too small.

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LMS September 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
The Patch becomes a typed argument the majority of the time, if not about teacher pensions then about where hamburger restaurants are located. That shouldn't affect your admiration of the blog content. If you like the article, recommend it. Another option would be to write an article/blog yourself, with or without the help of your fellow PTA members, educating Patch readers about PTA facts you feel they don't already know. One tip for avoiding unwanted controversy on the subject would be NOT calling the article, "Who is Funding Your Child's Classroom Experience?" I'm surprised the intended topic didn't get derailed much more severely.
Sheila Raddatz September 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Thank you Maura and Nicole! My article is also available on my personal blog. Please help me get the NPTA's word out!!! http://www.oldsoulramblings.com/2012/09/who-is-funding-your-childs-classroom.html
Maura Ibarlucca September 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I couldn't agree with you more Nicole!! Thanks for the consistent work you do for the PTA, I know firsthand how frustrating it is and to continue to give and be creative and look for better ways is why there is a PTA in your school, and ours. I'm glad to know that there are more individuals such as you and others like Betsey etc that do NOT give up regardless-because the bottom line ends in: CHILDREN!! thank you!! !:)
Maura Ibarlucca September 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Anytime Shelia!! There is such a disconnect between the biggest factors: What we can control. What we are here for. We have the ability to help our children. That we can control. We have the ability to participate in our schools and organizations. That we can control. We have the ability to listen to other families, encourage them to help out. That we can pledge. We can develop our little minds as they receive their education-in cooperation with our schools. That we can control. Our society is ever changing--we have no control over that. But like the story goes from "Stone Soup," even without all the ingredients, the soup can still be made because of the support from others. That we can control. What are we all here for? Not Politics. Not fights over what one person should have done. We are here for our children. Very glad you wrote this post.
Maura Ibarlucca September 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
(whoops: "we can develop our little minds...) Insert: "we can develop our children's little minds.." ) :)

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