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Can teacher housing entice educators to work in expensive cities?

Experiments in making life as a teacher more affordable show how rising real estate costs hurt urban districts

An aerial render of the recently finished Teacher’s Village in Newark, New Jersey, a new experiment in providing affordable housing to teachers.

Teaching crises have challenged American education for decades. Increasing enrollment, substandard facilities, and a scramble to find a way to pay for solutions: Today’s familiar pressures were making headlines back in 1954. At the time, in another example of “same news, different day,” the San Francisco superintendent of schools declared that the city’s teacher shortage was “acute.”

While the issue may be the same, today’s teaching crises in the Bay Area have taken on dimensions that postwar administrators couldn’t have imagined. San Francisco and its surrounding communities offer the most extreme case studies that showcase the challenging math of making it, and making a home, as an urban school teacher.

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