‘This will negatively impact home values’—California parents oppose plan to build affordable housing for teachers

Residents in San Jose, Calif., are fighting a plan the school district is exploring to relocate two schools to a new site and build affordable housing in their place, arguing that the move would hurt home prices.

Meanwhile, teachers in San Jose — and around the country — are struggling with low wages. And fast-rising home prices can make it very difficult to make ends meet, particularly in expensive markets like San Jose.

A petition on Change.org, “Save Leland and Bret Harte,” has gathered more than 4,700 signature since it was started a week ago. The petition criticizes the San Jose Unified School District’s consideration of a plan that would move Leland High School and Bret Harte Middle School in order to construct low-cost housing units for school employees.

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