Editor: I recently visited Target, where I bought $100 worth of school supplies for needy Arlington schoolchildren.

Why, when we are paying $20,000 per year for each student, are parents expected to purchase basic items such as pencils, erasers, glue and index cards?

Worse yet, I met an Arlington teacher at Target who was buying basic supplies for her class out of her own pocket.

Even though I’ve never had a child in the Arlington school system, I am willing to pay for good schools. In return, I expect the school system to be a good steward of its arguably excessive budget.

This should include providing students with the most basic supplies they require in order to learn.

Barbara Taylor, Arlington

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