Turn schools into teacher housing? Unique idea sparks backlash in Bay Area community

A local school district’s unique idea to turn schools into teacher housing — an attempt to tackle the region’s dire housing shortage and retain fleeing instructors — is colliding with a massive backlash from neighborhood residents. Teachers in San Jose — and around the country — are struggling with low wages. And fast-rising home prices can make it very difficult to make ends meet, particularly in expensive markets like San Jose.

The San Jose Unified School District has identified nine district-owned properties where it is considering building several hundred new units of affordable housing for teachers and other school employees. A spokesperson for the school district noted that the plan is in “the very earliest stages and nothing, other than the initial thoughts and ideas seen in the plan document, has been created.”

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