|A new analysis by EdSource found that in nearly 40 percent of the 680 school districts in California that reported salaries to the state, first-year teachers did not earn enough to rent an affordable one-bedroom apartment, and in 39 districts, first-year teachers spent more than 50 percent of their incomes on a one-bedroom apartment. In high cost regions like the Bay Area, even the highest paid teachers could only afford a one-bedroom apartment. These prices are forcing teachers to leave the state. Sarah La Due, a highly regarded teacher in El Cerrito, is moving to Las Vegas to continue her profession. As she put it, “I’m a 35-year-old professional woman, and I shouldn’t have to live with roommates. Why am I sacrificing so much to live in the Bay Area when there are other cities with culture and good food?”
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