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Silicon Valley housing prices have been rising sharply, pricing public school teachers out of the market.
While 85 percent of children attend public school in Santa Clara County, the closest geographic proxy for Silicon Valley, the majority of their teachers are not paid enough to reasonably expect to buy homes in the area as average prices soar into the millions. The looming housing crisis among teachers could lead to increased teacher turnover, which has been found to affect school quality.
KQED – Northern California Public radio is one of the few local news organizations that have been following the topic and on Monday KQED’s Joshua Johnson discussed it with The Hechinger Report’s Lillian Mongeau.