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Teacher Protests Budget Cuts By Panhandling For School Supplies On Roadside

By Mark Pygas

According to the Brookings Institute, American teachers are severely underpaid when compared to teachers around the world. Teachers in Luxembourg for example, are paid just less than 80 percent more than American teachers. In France, it's 55 percent, and in England, 20 percent more. 

Despite this low pay, it's often expected of teachers to buy some classroom supplies with their own money. That's the case for Teresa Danks, a third grade teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Danks told FOX23 that as a result of budget cuts, she's spending between $2,000 and $3,000 of her $35,000 salary on supplies for students that the state doesn't provide. 

Obviously, spending a tenth of your income on pens and pencils is unsustainable, so on Wednesday, Danks decided to ask the public for help by panhandling on the side of road.