Unaffordable housing and teacher shortages: What can be done?

Living where they teach is a fading dream for many California teachers. An EdSource analysis of teacher salaries and rents reveals just how crushing California’s housing crisis has become for them. Teachers at the bottom of the salary scale working in the state’s coastal and metro areas are being shut out of affordable housing. Others are also struggling to pay the rent. Rising rents coupled with an ongoing teacher shortage are driving an increasing number of districts to build their own teacher housing.

EdSource’s Louis Freedberg and reporter Diana Lambert, along with experts on California’s teacher shortage and housing crunch discuss the challenges teachers face in finding housing they can afford and districts face in finding and keeping teachers.

The webinar, part of an ongoing series of deeper dives into the Getting Down to Facts research released earlier this year, is co-sponsored by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

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Louis Freedberg

Panel Moderator; Executive Director, EdSource

Louis Freedberg joined EdSource as executive director in July 2011. For more than two decades, Freedberg has analyzed and reported on local, state, and national education policy issues. Before coming to EdSource, Freedberg was the founding director and senior education reporter at California Watch, a pioneering nonprofit journalism venture.

He was also a founder of the California Media Collaborative, based at the Commonwealth Club of California. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was an award-winning education reporter, Washington correspondent, columnist, and member of the editorial board.

He has served as an executive director of several nonprofit organizations, including Youth News in Oakland. He also directed youth programs at Pacific News Service/New America Media. A South African by birth, he founded and directed the Institute for a New South Africa. Freedberg has been a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C., and a Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in developmental psychology from Yale University.

Dan Goldhaber

Director of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) at the American Institutes for Research and the Director of the Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR) at the University of Washington

Dr. Dan Goldhaber is the Director of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) at the American Institutes for Research and the Director of the Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR) at the University of Washington. Both CALDER and CEDR are focused on using state administrative data to do research that informs decisions about policy and practice.

Dan’s work focuses on issues of educational productivity and reform at the K-12 level, the broad array of human capital policies that influence the composition, distribution, and quality of teachers in the workforce, and connections between students’ K-12 experiences and postsecondary outcomes. Topics of published work in this area include studies of the stability of value-added measures of teachers, the effects of teacher qualifications and quality on student achievement, and the impact of teacher pay structure and licensure on the teacher labor market.

Dan’s research has been regularly published in leading peer-reviewed economic and education journals such as: American Economic ReviewJournal of Human ResourcesJournal of Policy and ManagementEconomics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The findings from these articles have been covered in more widely accessible media outlets such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington PostUSA Today, and Education Week. Dan previously served as president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (2016-2017), an elected member of the Alexandria City School Board (1997-2002), and as co-editor of Education Finance and Policy.


Dale Scott

President of the Dale Scott & Company

Dale Scott is the Founder and President of Dale Scott & Company (DS&C) with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dale has served as financial advisor to California school districts for over 35 years.

Dale has a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s from San Francisco State University. He is the author of Win Win: An Insider’s Guide to School Bonds.

Andew Lie

Board president at Jefferson Union High School District

Andrew Lie is the current Board President of the Jefferson Union High School District, which encompasses the communities of Daly City, Pacifica, Brisbane and Colma.  A long time resident of Pacifica and a San Francisco native, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from UC Davis.

He has been an accountant in both the construction and architecture industries, currently working as Director of Finance for the San Francisco office of an international architecture and design firm.

Married to Page, and together have 2 children, Margaret, currently a student at UC San Diego and Henry, currently a senior at Terra Nova High School.  He has been an active volunteer in the community, volunteering in schools and church, and coached Little League Baseball and AYSO soccer for many years.  He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the JUHSD Board in 2015, and was re-elected for a four year term in 2016.

Sarah La Due

Middle school English teacher in West Contra Costa Unified

Sarah La Due is currently finishing up her fifth year as an English teacher at Korematsu Middle School in El Cerrito, California. She became a teacher after spending nearly a decade working in politics. In 2017 she was one of the five “Teaching Excellence Award” winners in West Contra Unified School District. She has recently accepted a job teaching high school English at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, and will be leaving the Bay Area this summer.

Diana Lambert

Senior Reporter, EdSource

Diana Lambert covers teachers and teaching. Before coming to EdSource, Diana was an education reporter for The Sacramento Bee for more than a decade. She has won numerous awards, including the 2017 James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalism, and both a first-place honor for investigative reporting from The Inland Press Association and the McClatchy President’s Award in 2016. Before becoming an education reporter Diana was a bureau chief for the Sacramento Bee. She began her career at age 17 as a part-time proofreader for the Lodi News-Sentinel. Diana earned a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.