The Fate of Classroom Supply Tax Credits

Teachers provide an endless stream of supplies for their students, spending an average of $1,500 a year from our own pockets.  We provide shoes & jackets for kids who may not have them; pencils, paper and field trips for enrichment; and nutritious snacks to make sure all of the children have full bellies so they can focus on their work.

Until recently, teachers could claim a small amount of these expenditures as work expense deductions similar to the uniform/clothing deduction. This was a deduction, not a tax credit, so it would reduce your tax liability without contributing to any refund you may be due.  This “Ask Dow Jones” column addresses the potential fate of that piece of tax code.

10 Things Your Health Insurance Won’t Tell You

The Sunday Wall Street Journal publishes a weekly list of “Ten Things ____ Won’t Tell You” in the Sunday business section of affiliated papers around the US.  It can be interesting and a bit of fluff as well.  This week they chose to focus on health insurance.  Given the changes in Butte County benefits in the last couple of years, it is worth a read if only for some background and a little perspective about where we fall in the current climate.  This is a link to the original content on the Market Watch website. It is a slideshow, obnoxious to navigate, but worth clicking through the pages for the information.  Happy reading!

Chico Nature Center Hosts Workshops for High School Teachers

 3 Saturdays, 3 locations, 3 different themes: October 4th at Rancho Esquon – “Places We Live,” October 25th at the Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center – “Biodiversity,” and November 15 at the Chico Creek Nature Center – “Focus on Forests”

All workshops are 8:30AM-11:30AM

Participants will receive a PLT unit and access to EEI units at each training. Participants who attend all three trainings will qualify for CEU’s through CSU San Marcos  Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Sign up for one or all. Register here.