As a student in the San Francisco Bay Area, I can attest to the fact that many teachers in our schools don’t live in the area. Instead, they opt for hours of driving to make their ends meet. Teachers across America are undervalued and underappreciated. A teacher of mine once joked that “No one teaches for the money. You wouldn’t last very long if you did.” And it’s true.

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Terence Y

Let’s assume we agree with your plea for teacher housing. How would that work? Who will pay for this housing? Is this considered public housing where teachers who win the housing lottery can only live there while they’re teaching? To be evicted when they retire? Does this apply to those who teach at private schools? Does this apply to school administrators? Just as importantly, how about those in the service industry who mow your lawns, who work at local businesses, grocers, and many others with a long commute? Are we to assume they’re not valued as much as teachers?

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