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What a sad article about teacher housing.

Every community likes to brag about how great their school system is when houses are sold, businesses advertise and cities look for national attention.

Teaching candidates are now in short supply. There is no great message when teachers can barely afford to rent in the city they teach in, let alone have to save for 15-19 years to consider owning a home. That is when we hear crickets in communities.

Not only is housing a major red flag for the efforts of community progress, but such costs say so much about how little we value teachers and what they mean to us.

Great law firms don’t hire the cheapest candidates to make them great. We need to be willing to pay a lot more for great teachers or watch great teachers walk away.

Jim Thompson, Seattle