I, too, agree that the lists and what they expect us to provide for our kids for school are getting longer and more excessive (and expensive) every year. This year I had my daughter, who's going into the 6th grade, go through all of her "leftovers" from all the other grades to see what she had that could be reused before we went shopping for anything. That bill for school supplies alone cost me $40. And I only have one child, and we bought as cheap as we possibly could. Still have to buy 2 new pairs of tennies---one of which will be kept at school for gym (they don't want any dirt getting on the gym floor) and a new winter coat, as she's worn her last one for 2-3 years and has outgrown it.
I understand that "the schools" don't have the money for stuff--but seriously? WE have to supply everything, to include art supplies? I really,REALLY don't remember my parents having to supply everything for us for school. Ever. What is "the school money" being spent on, then, that we have to provide everything? When I was in school/in band, the school provided us with reeds (unless you played an instrument that had an expensive reed, like an oboe). Now I have to go and buy a box of reeds for my daughter to use. And if she goes up a strength in reed--there I sit, with extra reeds unused. I'm going to be nice and donate them for the use of the band, but still. They're not cheap!
I don't know where or when the madness will end, but it will end soon. Just like our national debt, we can't keep giving and giving or being asked to give and give and give. Where IS the money going if the schools can't afford the basics like they could when we were in school? Wherever it is that the money is going to--needs to be seriously rethought, in my opinion.
And no, I don't think the teachers should have to pay for stuff out of their own pocket. I mean, every year I've been asked to donate something like $5 to be put into the classroom kitty; I'm assuming it's used to help kids who don't have stuff. And I don 't have an issue with donating that $5, because there should be a kitty to be used for some stuff. Except anytime there's been parties, parents are asked to donate the food, the drinks, even the paper plates, utensils, and napkins. That's not coming from the teacher. And this year, it was requested as a "donation" if parents want to donate a box of Kleenex, a tub of Chlorox wipes, and Band-aids (actually, it's been like that since my daughter started Kindergarten). I don't mind helping, but if every parents donates, that's 50 of everything! I realize not everyone does, but if they did, isn't that a little excessive? But of course, not everyone does donate. But still. Tissues and Band-aids used to be provided when I was in school, and as one poster said, whatever happened to using a rag and some chlorox bleach? That's what I use at home, or what I used to do when I worked outside the home in an office.
We're just getting through grade school. I can't wait for the middle and high school years, where they demand even more stuff (not). And this year, the sixth graders are going to "camp" for three days, and I get to pay an extra $60. That's on top of paying for school pictures, lunch account, fees, yearbook, etc. We do that tomorrow; my checkbook will be vastly depleted. And everyone who has students in sports gets to pay their kid's sport fees as well.
I truly wonder when the insanity will end. It has to; we only have so much money in our pockets too.