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Teachers Battle Budget Crunch

When you picture an elementary classroom, you imagine big bright posters and maps, stacks of books, crayons...a stimulating environment that makes learning appealing.

Such classrooms are now largely possible only because of schoolteachers contributions.

A survey of 814 teachers revealed 26 percent spent $400 of their own money last year to get their students supplies.

Only 9 percent of K-12 education funds are paid by the federal government the rest relies on state and local taxes, and while classrooms grow, the supply budget has been slashed for 50 percent of surveyed teachers.

One North Carolina kindergarten teacher, Hannah Martin, gets only $100 to cover her class activities for the whole year.

Martin told USA Today she babysits to supplement her $34,000 salary, so her students can have the things they need.

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