December 11, 2013 —
HARRISBURG, PA — State Rep. Jake Wheatley on December 9 unveiled his bipartisan bill to reimburse teachers who spend their own money on school supplies for their students.
Wheatley’s proposed Teacher Tax Credit Act has 23 co-sponsors, including four Republicans. It would provide a tax credit of up to $500 for teachers who purchase out-of-pocket classroom supplies. Eligible classroom supplies would include books, supplies, computers and related equipment, including related software and services, other equipment and supplementary materials.
“While members of the General Assembly have a wide range of views on education, I think we can all agree that there are many dedicated teachers across Pennsylvania who are doing a great job for their students, often in difficult circumstances. And it’s a fact that many of these teachers are spending hundreds of dollars of their own money on basic classroom supplies,” Wheatley said.