‘We are all doing it’: US teacher begs motorists for money for classroom supplies (Yahoo News)

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‘We are all doing it’: US teacher begs motorists for money for classroom supplies

A teacher in the US has been forced to beg for cash on the side of the road because she does not have enough money to cover classroom supplies.

Holding onto little more than hope and a sign, Teresa Danks from Tulsa, Oklahoma, stood on the side of the road to panhandle passing drivers.

Despite appearing upbeat and having a bright smile, Ms Danks told ABC-13, “it’s just getting harder and harder”.

Ms Danks has been teaching since 1996 and despite having a masters degree earns less than $45,000 a year.

A lack of resources has forced teacher Teresa Danks to beg in public for school funding. 
Ms Danks said she was not in the job for the money – it’s her passion for teaching that keeps her going and compels her to contribute thousands of her own wages to getting the job done.

Ms Danks does not earn a lot but a wealth of passion drives her. 
“I was getting emotional. People were like, ‘Teachers like you – that’s the reason I am alive today.'”

A lack of resources in the classroom drove the teacher out into the city streets to drum up cash, earning more than $40 in less than 10 minutes – double what she makes in an hour at her day job.

The budget crisis is so bad, some Oklahoma schools have cut the week down to four days. Source: ABC-13
Many Oklahoma schools and classrooms are doing it tough, with the Washington Post reporting a total of 96 schools across the state have cut the school week down from five days to four.

According to the Oklahoma Policy Institute, the state has been number of one of all 50 US states in cuts to education for several years, with the 2017 budget slashing K-to-12 spending by 18 per cent.



Margaret (Maggie) den Harder obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Theology from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Originally from the Pacific Northwest area of Washington state, Maggie has called Tulsa home for the past 8 years. Since living in Tulsa, Maggie has worked in the legal field, higher education administration, and the nonprofit sector as well as actively volunteering in the community. Maggie also recently spent time at the City of Tulsa as a consultant and wrote the content for Resilient Tulsa, an action-oriented strategy designed to better equity in Tulsa. Through her work, community involvement, and personal experiences, Maggie is interested in the intersection of the law and mental health and addiction treatment issues, preventative and diversion programs, and maternal mental health, particularly post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis. While working at Oklahoma Policy Institute as a research intern, Maggie further developed an interest in family dynamics and stability, economic security-related stress, and intergenerational trauma.

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