City Cuts Program that Reimbursed Teachers for School Supplies

Saturday, Jul 9, 2011  |  Updated 10:28 AM EDT
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School Supply Program Cut from City Schools

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A program that reimburses teachers for school supplies they purchase for their classrooms has been cut.

The Daily News reports that the Teacher's Choice program got the axe in the budget approved by the City Council last month.

For 20 years, the program has paid back teachers for paper, pens, pencils and other various supplies they buy for their classrooms.

"That program was essential," Steve Chester, a teacher from the Children's school in Brooklyn, told the News.

The City Council cut the program instead of jobs, lawmakers told the News.

"Our primary focus is to save jobs," said Robert Jackson, chair of the council's education committee.

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