My wife is a grade school teacher, and the principal is sending her and a few other teachers to a conference/training event out of state. This is not district sponsored, so the funding is coming directly from my wife's school. The principal bought the cheapest tickets from United, thereby leaving the teachers to foot the bill for luggage, and since it is apparently a new class of cheap tickets, carry on baggage is also an extra cost. So unless they can fit 4 days worth of professional clothing in a bag that fits under the seat, they have to pay. Also, meals are not provided beyond the ones that are at the training event (so just lunch).
Since this is training that the principal wants all of the teachers to receive, should she not be willing to foot the full bill? I tried to look at my states policy on Per diem, but I couldn't really find anything. I have taken work related trips before, and everything associated with the trip was payed for, so this seems way out of line to me. Is there anything my wife can do? I have thought about contacting the district administration to see if they were aware this was how the principal was doing things.
Edit: It's in Montana