Councilmember Cheh Introduces the Educator Expense Tax Credit Act of 2017

Bill will provide DCPS and Charter School teachers with a $500 tax credit for classroom expenses

On Tuesday, November 21st, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, introduced the “Educator Expense Tax Credit Amendment Act of 2017” to provide a $500 tax credit for public and charter school teachers who use personal dollars to cover the expenses of classroom supplies and equipment.

The legislation comes amidst a Republican-led effort to eliminate a $250 federal tax deduction for teachers and local reporting which demonstrated how area teachers often spend hundreds of dollars out of pocket on classroom supplies throughout the school year, despite receiving a $200 gift card at the beginning of the year from DC Public Schools (DCPS).

“It is no secret that District teachers make many personal and financial sacrifices for our students –not only do many teachers report spending hundreds of dollars throughout the school year on classroom supplies, many dedicate weekends and vacation days to ensure that every student has the best chance to succeed. A $500 tax credit will help to alleviate the cost burden faced by our educators and serves to complement DCPS’s efforts to support our teachers,” said Councilmember Cheh.

Once approved by the Council, the credit may be used for two types of expenditures: expenses related to purchasing supplies, instructional materials, or classroom equipment and expenses incurred by a teacher for professional development.

The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Evans, Grosso, Nadeau, Allen, Bonds, Robert White, Trayon White, Sr., Todd, Gray, and McDuffie.

The bill may be viewed here: Educator Expense Tax Credit Act of 2017


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