In an era when urban and rural school districts across the country face severe challenges attracting (and retaining) educators to their respective districts, Dallas has an opportunity to play a leading role in enticing top educators to the area through innovative housing measures. These efforts would better position the city as a desirable teaching destination for educators at both a local and national level.
According to Dallas Business Journal, construction of more than 50,000 apartment units is underway throughout the DFW area – an all time high. With this influx of apartment construction, the question remains, how many of these units have been set aside for mixed-income use, or more specifically, for teachers that are in need of affordable housing?
There are examples of such unique housing complexes being built specifically for teachers in several cities across the country. In Baltimore for example, public-private partnerships have been formed to offer affordable housing to the city’s educators. In addition to housing teachers, these complexes include communal working space for teachers to collaborate, and also ‘house’ other non-profits.
It’s no secret that effective teachers make a world of difference. Before this difference can be made however, teachers need somewhere to call home.