The surging prices have created a brewing housing crisis and Texas teachers seem to be on the frontline.
Katrina Pokorney, a teacher for Austin ISD, was “priced out” of the housing market – like many other teachers – in Austin. She now commutes 45 minutes each day from Round Rock.
“To be able to pay my mortgage, I have to have a roommate and a second job. So just to be able to survive and make it month to month, it’s tough,” explained Pokorney.
To qualify for affordable housing, residents must make less than 50% of the median family income, which in Austin is around $98,900, according to the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.
AISD officials have proposed a pay increase, which includes a pay increase for teachers by 2% for the midpoint of their pay scale for the 2022-23 school year. Additionally, the 2022-23 budget would receive a 1,000 base pay increase.