October 1, 2022

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Homes are out of reach for many Colorado teachers. What does that mean for schools?

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Fewer than one-fifth of homes across Colorado are affordable to teachers who make an average salary in their district, even as average teacher salaries have increased by about 25% in the past seven years, according to a report published Tuesday by the nonpartisan Keystone Policy Center.

The report puts numbers to a problem that prices teachers out of homes in the communities where they teach and forces another challenge on school districts in attracting and retaining educators: Last year, teachers in 24 school districts lived in communities where less than 10% of homes were within financial reach for an educator making an average salary in their district.

“It matters enormously if teachers can live in the community in which they teach,” said Van Schoales, senior policy director at…

Erica Breunlin

2022-08-16 04:30:00

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