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Target offers teachers 15% off classroom supplies they shouldn't have to pay for

Teachers spend hundreds of dollars every year on supplies without being reimbursed.

Target for the first time will offer teachers a back-to-school discount of 15 percent on classroom supplies.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is running the promotion for the week July 15-21, with teachers given money off supplies including pens, pencils, crayons, markers, classroom storage, tissues and hand sanitizer.

From Sunday, teachers will be able to access a discount coupon by visiting Target.com/teacherprep

It's long been the case that teachers across the U.S. spend their own money on classroom supplies for their students.

A survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 94 percent of teachers spent their own money on classroom supplies in the 2014-15 school year, without reimbursement from the school.

The median amount spent per teacher was $297, though the mean average was much higher at $479.

A 15 percent discount on $479 would mean teachers save just over $70.

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Those working in city schools spent higher on average ($526) than those at suburban, town, or rural schools ($468, $445 and $442 respectively).

The study also found that 9 percent of city teachers had spent more than $1,000 on school supplies during the year.

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