Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers
From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF
Date:          September 11, 2019

Subject:    School Supplies


Teachers, as well as some parents, have registered concerns relating to the number and cost of items some students are asked to bring to school. Indeed, many teachers are, as is too often the case, paying for the supplies themselves.

Of course, there are items that students should bring from home; however, some schools are requiring students to bring in items that the district should be providing, so that those students whose parents can not or choose to not provide, aren’t stigmatized, made to be ashamed, or teased by other students.

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  • School
  • Grade Level
  • Items parents/students required to bring to school
  • Required by?  School, District, Other?
  • Person reporting/contact information—we will not disclose your name/contact info


We will take action in cooperation with parents to correct this issue.