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More crayon sets, more hand sanitizer: How pressures on teachers have shaped their requests on DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is helping states give funds directly to teachers, who are dealing with stress from the pandemic and beyond.


"Books. Lab equipment. Musical instruments.For 22 years, educators have turned to the crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose to get supplies for their students and classrooms. On the site, teachers can count on donors to fund requests for supplies that schools are too cash strapped to purchase. But they can also get a morale boost as COVID depletes their ranks, state laws censor what they can teach, and politicians suggest they bear arms in the wake of school shootings. Abby Feuer, DonorsChoose’s executive vice president of marketing and growth, spoke with The 19th about how the platform has grown beyond a crowdfunding site. For the first time, she said, DonorsChoose is helping states distribute funds to teachers to meet their needs. So far this year, five states have given over $40 million through DonorsChoose to teachers. The organization also has a district partnership program that includes 600 school districts it has teamed up with to support teachers." Read the full story on 19thnews.org.

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