Connecticut teachers give so much of their time and their energy to their students, but hundreds of local educators told NBC Connecticut Investigates that they are giving a lot of their own money, too. Some are even working multiple jobs to make ends meet.

The 2019 NBC Connecticut Investigates Teacher Survey on classroom expenditures asked local teachers about their typical spending on classroom supplies, and also focused in on teacher pay and the steps some educators take to stay afloat financially.

During the last few days of summer break before students arrived and before the new school year got underway, Mary Kay Rendock, who teaches at Carmen Arace Intermediate School in Bloomfield was quite busy.

“On those days, I had to be hyper organized,” said Rendock,

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