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Monday, September 20, 2004

California Republicans Crack Down On Massive School Teacher Fraud 

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Glory Glory Halleluyah, Teach Hit Me With A Ruler. Then Wasn’t Allowed To Deduct The Cost Of The Ruler Under The New Republican Administration

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- If Doreen Seelig pocketed all the money she has spent on classroom supplies over 35 years as a teacher -- the printer cartridges, the paper, the pencils and the paperback books lent to her Venice High School students -- she figures she would have a new car by now.

Now, as the new school year gets under way, the burden on Seelig and other teachers around the country is even heavier.

Because of a budget crunch, California has suspended a tax credit that reimbursed teachers up to $1,500 for classroom supplies. Meanwhile, a $250 federal tax deduction for teachers that helped defray out-of-pocket spending expired this year.


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