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IA Teachers Pay to make Their Own Coffee
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Some teachers in Des Moines are upset after learning they will have to pay for some of life's simple pleasures.
The Des Moines Register reports that about 5 years ago the district ruled that teachers who plugged in small appliances should pay a fee.
Problem is that policy wasn't enforced in all schools.
Now, starting this year, teachers will have to put a "paid" sticker on things like coffee pots and microwaves if they want to use them.
School officials say that with more than 5,000 employees, plugging these things in could cost the district tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The president of the teachers union says employees were never consulted about the idea and never agreed to it.
He says it's hurting morale in schools where some teachers spend hundreds of dollars each year to stock their classrooms with extra supplies.
Teachers now must pay $30 for a small fridge, $20 for a coffee maker and $10 for a microwave each year.