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Kansas teachers forced to do more with much less this school year

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Not only do teachers at Noble Prentis Elementary School, 2337 South 14th St., have to use their own money for classroom supplies, but field trips could be on the chopping block. Not only do teachers at Noble Prentis Elementary School, 2337 South 14th St., have to use their own money for classroom supplies, but field trips could be on the chopping block.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

As students begin to head back to school, Kansas teachers are being forced to do more with much less.

Kansas City, KS, Public Schools are out $2 million from last year, and at one elementary school, children are in jeopardy of losing out on important childhood experiences.

Not only do teachers at Noble Prentis Elementary School, 2337 South 14th St., have to use their own money for classroom supplies, but field trips could be on the chopping block.

As Danielle Dalton unpacks her kindergartners' favorite books and gets her classroom ready for a new group of students, she tries to ignore one glaring problem.

"If I think about everything else, I can really be focused at the task at hand," she said.

Dalton, like every other teacher at Noble Prentis Elementary, will pay for all of her own classroom supplies.

"I buy markers, white glue, pieces of pasta," she said. "You have to pull out all the stops and get super creative."

Teachers’ $50 budgets were wiped away, and for this school, field trips could be next.

It’s the result of Kansas’ new block grant funding, according to the KCK district.

Out $2 million, the district will cut 10 percent of each school budget and will lose $350,000 set aside for textbooks.

"As a parent, I can’t live with that, and as surrogate parents of kids at Noble Prentis, I can’t accept that," principal Jim Popleau said.

It is upsetting for Popleau, as dedicated colleagues try to inspire their students with what they have.

"Teachers are resourceful, and this isn't so much our job as it is our calling, and this is what we want to do," Dalton said.

Dalton said she takes her kids to an apple orchard each year, adding that many of students at her school haven’t been outside the city. She says she is still going to find a way to do that, even if that means taking on the financial burden herself.

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