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Staffing shortages persist in Colorado schools and housing may be partially to blame

Students and teachers are heading back to classrooms this week. Keeping schools staffed - from cafeteria workers to instructors - is an ongoing challenge. The high cost of living in many parts of Colorado has become a huge issue. A new study from the Keystone Policy Center called Homeownership for Colorado Teachers: Affording the American Dream shows that wage hikes alone may not be enough to allow teachers to live where they work.

For Rocky Mountain Community Radio, KGNU’s Shannon Young spoke with Van Schoales, Senior Policy Director of the Keystone Policy Center.