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Morning Read: Not one teacher lives in LAUSD’s affordable housing units built for them

LA School Report | October 19, 2016

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LAUSD teachers earn too much to live in the affordable housing apartments built for them 

In the mid-2000s, in the midst of a housing boom, the Los Angeles Unified School District realized that skyrocketing rents were fueling teacher turnover. Nearly half of all new teachers in some neighborhoods were leaving the district after three years. L.A. Unified was pouring millions of dollars into training new hires, only to watch them pick up and go. Two below-market apartment complexes were built on unused district land and a third is under construction. Today, both are fully occupied. But not one L.A. Unified teacher lives in them. That fact alone doesn’t mean L.A. Unified’s affordable housing experiment is a failure. By Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times

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