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When Teachers Get Priced Out Of The Housing Market

Around the country, in cities like New York, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the cost of living has been rising, taking a toll on many teachers. (Russel A. Daniels/AP)
Around the country, in cities like New York, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the cost of living has been rising, taking a toll on many teachers. (Russel A. Daniels/AP)

After five days of striking, teachers in Seattle have reached a tentative agreement with the school district to set a new standard for pay and the length of the school day. Officials are hopeful they’ll be able to get classes started by Thursday.

One of the main points made by the teachers union is that they have gone six years without a cost-of-living raise, making it hard to live in Seattle​ ​where rent and home prices have skyrocketed in​ recent​ years – in part because of the city’s booming technology industry.

That’s not just an issue in Seattle. Around the country, in cities like New York, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the cost of living has been rising, taking a toll on many teachers.

Education reporter ​Lillian Mongeau took a look at what is happening in the heart of the tech boom, Silicon Valley, and speaks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about what she discovered.

  • The Hechinger Report: Silicon Valley's skyrocketing housing costs shut out teachers
  • Guest

  • Lillian Mongeau, West Coast correspondent for The Hechinger Report. She tweets @lrmongeau.
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