In this Dec. 11, 2015, photo, Katy Howser, a kindergarten teacher in the Santa Clara School District, looks out from the balcony of her apartment at Casa Del Maestro, an apartment complex for teachers, in Santa Clara, Calif. School districts in high cost-of-living areas and rural communities that have long struggled to staff classrooms are considering buying or building rent-subsidized apartments as a way to attract and retain teachers amid concerns of a looming shortage. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

Housing costs especially have become a point of friction for teachers in expensive cities such as Seattle, where teachers who went on a one-week strike in September said they could not afford to live in the same city as the children they teach.

FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, an AT&T logo is displayed on a store in Dedham, Mass. AT&T will no longer offer discounted phones with two-year contracts starting Jan. 8, 2016.  Before you rush out to beat the deadline, consider that you might be better off paying full price for the phone. That’s because phone companies also reduce the monthly bill for voice, text and data services when you buy your own phone or bring a used one. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

How an end to phone discounts will help customers

AT&T will no longer offer discounted phones with two-year contracts starting Jan. 8. Before you rush out to beat the deadline, consider that you might be better off paying full price for the phone.