They're taking personal responsibility for everything from books to furniture, clothing to eyeglasses.
"I have to have a second job to help support myself," says Megan Johnson from Lansing, Kansas.
LA teachers are striking against the school district, but it is the state that controls the purse strings
California is unusual in that the bulk of education funding comes from the state budget
Teresa Danks is known as the "panhandling teacher."
We spoke with a Los Angeles teacher about the school supplies she buys for her classroom each year, and what she wishes the school budget would cover.