While most people call it trimming the fat, many educators say its more like cutting the bone.
Teaching during proration and a recession can be a task in itself.
Now teachers are preparing to start the next fiscal year without a $400 appropriation used to buy classroom supplies like pencils, crayons and markers.
Teacher Jennifer Rodopolous says, "Its scary to think that money won't be there."
The same sentiment is felt in the State Superintendents Office.
But doctor joe morton says this cut was the lesser evil, "It got down to trying to keep teachers in the classroom and in other things like classroom supplies, $19 million dollars hires a lot of teachers."
Now the teachers are in uncharted territory.
They say moving forward is going to take a united effort.
Forest Avenue Academic Magnet principal Jan Hill agrees, "I think we are going to have the let the parents know we are gonna need extra help."
Dr. Joe Morton says, "When I testified before the House Legislative Budget Committee I told them to be prepared to buy more raffell tickets than they have bought in their life."
And that's what most parents are prepared to do, "We do what we have to do, we always will."
An equalizer that will keep teachers focused on their students. and off the things they've never had to live without.