Teachers living on campus? It's a proposal in Miami

Teachers say they can't afford rent

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MIAMI, Fla. – Teacher salaries are modest and housing costs are high in Miami, so officials are making a modest proposal - let teachers live at school.

The Miami Herald reports that the Miami-Dade school system and housing departments are proposing the construction of a mid-rise middle school in Miami's Brickell neighborhood with a floor devoted to residential units for teachers. Another proposal calls for a housing complex with about 300 apartments next to Phillis Wheatley Elementary.

Apartment List compared teacher salaries to rents in 50 cities last year and ranked Miami fourth-worst, after New York, Seattle and San Francisco.

Kindergarten teacher Ana Valdes told the newspaper that she makes about $43,000 and has to live with her parents.