When I taught MS and we had instructional trips; we didn't have a handful of kids who couldn't afford to go (or claimed they couldn't afford it) - we had tons. We don't have a PTA that raises money or has bake sales; I don't know what they do, if they do anything. Our P has said time and time again that the school doesn't have any money for trips (the $500 for buses specifically). I guess teachers could find ways to raise money, but if you have 50 kids that can't (or won't) pay, that's $500 dollars they have to raise for each $10 trip. Why is this the teachers' responsibility to raise this money? We only did about 2 or 3 educational trips a year when I taught MS and the kids that couldn't afford to pay stayed behind unless a teacher paid for them personally. It may be cold-hearted, but it is what it is.