In 2000, the US Department of Education issued a report saying that “school supplies have become too expensive.”
Since then, the cost of school supplies has risen more than threefold, with prices increasing in every country except the US.
As of this year, the median price for a set of classroom supplies in the US was $1,800, compared to $845 for the same set in 2010.
In the UK, the average price for school supplies is now £3,100, compared with £2,450 in 2000.
In 2018, the UK government estimated that the cost for a school kit in the UK would increase by nearly 70 percent over the next five years.
The report’s author, Paul Ruggles, told the New York Times that schools “were becoming more expensive, and schools were not just the expensive ones; they were also the ones where people could spend more than their income.”
The report estimated that by 2040, “school-supply costs will more than triple,” with the average household spending nearly $4,400 per year.
It also said that by 2030, the school-supplied supplies in most countries will cost $10,000 more than what they cost 10 years ago.
The authors wrote that there was “no credible evidence to suggest that the school supplies that students currently purchase are as effective as they once were,” adding that “the cost of education is now increasing by over three times as fast as wages and the income of the average American household.”
Ruggels’ report noted that “most of the world has already witnessed the dramatic increase in the cost” of education.
And the most common source of rising costs was the “expansion of student-teacher ratios,” where teachers are given more and more responsibilities over the course of a school year.
Ruggs wrote that “at least 40 percent of teachers have been replaced since 2000, and most teachers will lose their jobs at the end of the decade.”
The authors also wrote that, since 2000 the number of students in public schools has increased by more than 1.2 million students, but it was only “around 400,000” who were enrolled in private schools.
A spokesperson for the US Education Department told Ars that “these are the results of a comprehensive review of teacher salaries and benefits, which include data on the cost to students of attending private and public schools.
The review also included a review of school budgets, teacher performance, and school budgets and compensation.
The Department’s data are consistent with the findings of the Government Accountability Office.”