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Elem Students Told To Bring Toilet Paper

We almost overlooked this latest indicator of the golden age of Obama, buried as it was in the ‘Economy’ section of the New York Times:

Scissors, Glue, Pencils? Check. Cleaning Spray?

August 15, 2010

When Emily Cooper headed off to first grade in Moody, Ala., last week, she was prepared with all the stuff on her elementary school’s must-bring list: two double rolls of paper towels, three packages of Clorox wipes, three boxes of baby wipes, two boxes of garbage bags, liquid soap, Kleenex and Ziplocs.

“The first time I saw it, my mouth hit the floor,” Emily’s mother, Kristin Cooper, said of the list, which also included perennials like glue sticks, scissors and crayons.

Schools across the country are beginning the new school year with shrinking budgets and outsize demands for basic supplies. And while many parents are wincing at picking up the bill, retailers are rushing to cash in by expanding the back-to-school category like never before.

Now some back-to-school aisles are almost becoming janitorial-supply destinations as multipacks of paper towels, cleaning spray and hand sanitizer are crammed alongside pens, notepads and backpacks…

State and local school financing, which make up almost all of public schools’ money, is falling because of budget-balancing efforts and lower property- and sales-tax revenue.

“Some of the things that have been historically provided by schools, we’re not able to provide at this point,” said Barbara A. Chester, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

On the list for pre-kindergartners at McClendon Elementary in Nevada, Tex.: a package of cotton balls, two containers of facial tissue, rolls of paper towels, sheaves of manila and construction paper, and a package of paper sandwich bags.

Pre-kindergartners in the Joshua school district in Texas have to track down Dixie cups and paper plates, while students at New Central Elementary in Havana, Ill., and Mesa Middle School in Castle Rock, Colo., must come to class with a pack of printer paper. Wet Swiffer refills and plastic cutlery are among the requests from St. Joseph School in Seattle. And at Pauoa Elementary School in Honolulu, every student must show up with a four-pack of toilet paper

Mind you, as of 2007, Hawaiian taxpayers contributed roughly $13,000 per student to cover education costs.

In some places, though, parents being asked to make up depleted school budgets are under budget pressure, too, which has left schools without a clear solution.

Malcolm Thomas, the superintendent of the Escambia County school district on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has put supplies like plastic bags, Kleenex and soap under an “optional” category because “we know that people in our community are hurting,” he said. He also seeks donations from local businesses…

In Noblesville, Ind., Kristi Smith, 41, a teacher’s aide [sic], said she was sympathetic to the cost pressures at her daughters’ elementary school, but she also thought the supply list was a little extreme.

“Sometimes I think it’s too much,” she said. “Is my fourth grader really going to use 50 pencils herself?”

Er, no. Ms. Smith’s daughter is being taught the joys of ‘social justice’ and wealth distribution.

“We don’t expect Wal-Mart cashiers to buy the plastic bags for our groceries, or the mailman to pay for the gas to deliver our mail,” Ms. Cooper said.

Perhaps not. But we don’t expect to have to take toilet paper with us to a restaurant, either.

Not at these ($13,000 a head) prices.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Elem Students Told To Bring Toilet Paper”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

    1. Detroit , MI

    2. Buffalo , NY

    3. Cincinnati , OH

    4. Cleveland , OH

    5. Miami , FL

    5. St. Louis , MO

    7. El Paso , TX

    8. Milwaukee , WI

    9. Philadelphia , PA

    10. Newark , NJ

    U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

    What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

    Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961.

    Buffalo , NY (2nd) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

    Cincinnati , OH (3rd) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

    Cleveland , OH (4th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1989.

    Miami , FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor.

    St. Louis , MO (6th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1949.

    El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor.

    Milwaukee , WI (8th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1908.

    Philadelphia , PA (9th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1952.

    Newark , NJ (10th) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1907.

    Einstein said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

    It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats,

    While teacher’s union pensions swell like pirate booty chests, kids have to bring toilet paper to school. Our property tax money used to buy restroom supplies, now it funds go-nothing union teachers.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Now I know why the students need to bring T.P. to school.
    To follow all the money politicians have tossed down the crapper. All in the name of edumacation.

    “The job is not complete until the paperwork is finished.”

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