Public school teachers are spending their own money on school supplies

Oct 16, 2019
They're taking personal responsibility for everything from books to furniture, clothing to eyeglasses.
Many teachers purchase books, activities and other supplies for their classrooms.
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Why this teacher works through the summer

Jul 4, 2019
"I have to have a second job to help support myself," says Megan Johnson from Lansing, Kansas.
While many high school students are on summer break, their teachers are hard at work.
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LA teachers are striking against the school district, but it is the state that controls the purse strings

Jan 14, 2019
California is unusual in that the bulk of education funding comes from the state budget
Thousands of teachers march in the rain through Los Angeles on Monday, on the first day of the first teachers strike in 30 years targeting the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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An educator takes her frustration to the streets

Sep 10, 2018
Teresa Danks is known as the "panhandling teacher."
Teachers rally at the state capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 4.
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Teachers spend hundreds of dollars on back to school supplies

Aug 11, 2017
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.
A school teacher shops for back to school supplies in California. 
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