Let's keep the issues straight.
Little Johnny's parents were relieved of the duty to provide kids with school necessities long ago, so don't blame this on any political party - although the schools now have to provide free breakfast and lunch for kids, so parents don't even have to do that now. Whose programs are those?
School supplies used to be provided to the children by the school district. Now, where they were supposed to find the funds for that, I would not know.
In my community there are all kinds of groups collecting backpacks, paper, pencils, folders, crayons, etc etc. for kids. Agencies are falling over themselves to give donated school supplies to kids.
My husband taught middle school for 36 years. Some kids came to class not prepared to learn. They can't even sit still and take no instruction from adults. They wouldn't keep a pencil from class to class if it were provided for them anyway.
My taxes pay for teachers, buildings, administration, busses, etc. although in some districts, that's mismanaged, too.
I don't feel I need to buy anyone's kids crayons, too. Look to the parents to participate in SOME way, please.