More and more San Antonio teachers turned to crowd fun ding this school year to pay for books, lab supplies, and other items they need for class, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  Crowd funding is the process of running ads on web sites like 'Go Fund Me' or 'Donors Choose' and asking for cash from the general public.

  Holly Eaton with the Texas Classroom Teachers Association says educators spend a lot of their own money just getting prepared for school.

  "We asked how many of them spend more than $200 a year on classroom supplies, and at least a good 95% raised their hands," Eaton said.

  She says classroom computers, books, even rugs for young kids to sit on during story time were financed through crowd funding.

  "Teachers who are our members spend, on average, $700 out of their own pockets each school year," Clay Robison of the Texas State Teachers Association told Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.

  He says there is an increase of 80,000 kids in Texas schools, and the funding per child is lower today than it was four years ago.