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House votes to quadruple educator tax deduction and lift cap that cut school funding

House members passed the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377), lifting the $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction for two years.

The cap threatens states’ and local communities’ ability to adequately fund public education and other essential public services, robbing students of the opportunities they deserve for a well-rounded education.

The legislation also quadrupled the annual educator tax deduction from $250 to $1000, acknowledging the tremendous sacrifice educators make when they spend their own money on classroom supplies for students in need. According to a U.S. Department of Education survey, approximately 94 percent of educators spent an average of $500 on school supplies in 2014-2015; nearly 1 out of 10 spent $1,000, and many NEA members make even larger expenditures for their students.

33 responses to “House votes to quadruple educator tax deduction and lift cap that cut school funding

  1. I am pleased. I spend hundreds of dollars every year buying books for my students. I teach at state school attended by low income Native American students.

    1. I am so happy about the annual educator tax deduction. I spend about $1100+ out-of-pocket each year on classroom supplies for my students since I work at a Title 1 school. This is a huge help. Thanks tons!

  2. Thanks for acknowledging the many financial sacrifices educators make on behalf of our students. Now, let’s work on fair compensation for all teachers !

  3. Thank you for realizing that teachers do support the children placed in their care at the expense of their own families.

    1. I agree on raising the teacher deduction but not restoring the higher write off for local taxes. Why should the nation foot the bill indirectly for local governments that have higher taxes.

  4. Fantastic! Now we need to go for more money allocated to the ESSA funding for Title I, Title II and Title IV programs so all our students are not neglected in the programs they need to succeed irregardless of their zip-codes. We also need to ensure each school district in America has a Local School District Committee as was stated in the ESSA Law made up of a variety of individuals within the Community so all aspects of the curriculum and students are not neglected.

  5. Please publish these victories more at the local level. Many members are unaware of the importance of the NEA in national matters. Many members are only aware of what goes on in their own school or district. Thanks to all for pursuing these issues.

  6. Thanks to all who are working on this increase! Next lets tackle WEP, which will affect even more teachers in the future.

  7. It shows what we can do when we work together to bring needs for suppor of student’s education and needs of support for teachers to wider public attention to bring needed increased support.

    Let’s keep organizing and doing what we can to bring public attention to problems of teachers paying for materials for educational needs of students rather than schools having needed funds and the needs for teachers to be better supported themselves.

  8. Quadrupling the Educator tax deduction is long overdue and a great accomplishment. Hope the Senate sees it the same way. Lifting the SALT deduction for two years is helpful but should be made permanent. Thanks to all for working on these two important issues.

  9. Thanks so much. I spend well over 1000 dollars to stock books of interest for my students. The tax deduction is appreciated.

  10. Anything that will help our educators directly is paramount. Aid and forgiveness of student loan debt on a scale basis would be wonderful and help others choose to stay in education.

  11. I am now a retired teacher but for over 25 years spent well over the $250 educator tax deduction for items for my classroom. My husband did , too. I have a son and a daughter-in-law in education and they spend well over the $250 each. Thank you for voting and passing the educator tax deduction increase and lifting the cap that cut school funding.

  12. It’s about time teachers have been acknowledged for how much money they supply to help their students. I worked for 18 years as a para educator and we gave out many supplies that weren’t in our budget to students.

  13. Thanks for all the work to make this happen. Was it a bipartisan vote? Is there any chance the Senate will pass it and the President will sign it to impact our April filling?

  14. This would be a game changer for those of us considering a move out of state but I fear it will sit at the bottom of a growing pile of token measures aimed at appeasing the folks back home and going nowhere.
    Where were you when this tax reform was voted?

      1. It shows what we can do when we work together to bring needs for suppor of student’s education and needs of support for teachers to wider public attention to bring needed increased support.

        Let’s keep organizing and doing what we can to bring public attention to problems of teachers paying for materials for educational needs of students rather than schools having needed funds and the needs for teachers to be better supported themselves.

  15. It is terrific that the tax deduction has been expanded. However, at what cost? The ever expanding government debt will have to be addressed and our students living and working through the 21st century will be addressing it.
    Ol’ George W. Bush started two wars and enacted a huge, costly tax cut. @@##$$%%**!! Donald Trump enacts a huge tax cut, establishes a costly and unnecessary Space Force, is working on building a useless wall, and many more things, and apparently has plans to use his personal relied upon strategy for our country – bankruptcy!
    Get out and register voters so we can elect real leaders who will address the problems we face!

  16. Very good news for Educators!The increase in the Educators Tax is much needed.We spend so much of our money sometimes on a monthly basis.We love our students and we try to make sure they are always loved by us❤❤

  17. The House has passed these measures. Now we need McConnell’s “do nothing Senate” to approve them as well, and get “Peachy” to sign them. Can we be that lucky?

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