Inland educators are backing a state bill that offers financial incentives to build housing to help ease teacher shortages. The high cost of housing makes it hard to attract new teachers and keep them from leaving the profession, supporters of Assembly Bill 45 say.
“I believe that affordable housing can contribute to getting us better teachers in Riverside County,” county Superintendent of Schools Judy White said. “When you talk about new teachers, they come out of college with debt and have to work to get income to afford housing. If we can eliminate or minimize housing as a barrier to bringing qualified teachers to our area, that will help us fill needed positions.”