Recently it came up in conversation how public school teachers often have to spend money out of pocket. The out of pocket expenses are not for extras to give a classroom some style.  The particular teacher was buying  items like pencils, crayons and paper.

There are myriad issues connected with "fixing public schools " adequate funding of schools, raising  expectations of student achievement by parents and teachers, family stability etc. . . But if children do not have paper and pencils they cannot function.

The simple solution would be a EBT type card for school supplies. Or vouchers sponsored by vendors  distributed either through the schools or human services.

Why is this not being done?