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More than 70% of teachers in Los Angeles are seriously considering quitting because they aren’t being paid enough to live close to work, The Guardian US reported Thursday.
A study found that more than one in four Los Angeles teachers reported taking a side job because they could afford to live in the city. The Guardian’s report is based on a survey of 13,000 of her teachers by the union United Teachers Los Angeles.
In the first half of 2022, the median monthly price for a single-family home was $4,664, making the Los Angeles area the highest rental price in the United States. Between 2018 and 2021, the price of basic necessities in LA has increased by more than 20%, The Guardian reports.
Cecily Myart Cruz, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, told The Guardian, “The wages are not sustainable. We are living in this world where educators are not treated as professionals.” We are facing a grave crisis that is bearing the brunt of our profession.”
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