I have known teachers, many of them single, who worked at department stores, after school playgrounds, restaurants as hostesses, day camps, driven taxis, and taught night school.
LAUSD’s pay is low, especially for new teachers;
There hasn’t been a cost of living increase for years;
The cost of living and the cost of housing in Los Angeles is extremely high and if a teacher chooses to live far away, then there is the cost of gasoline;
Employee health benefits have fallen which means more out of pocket expense for teachers;
Teachers spend a surprisingly large amount of their own money in supplies for their classrooms and even more so in the last few years as monies for the schools have been wiped away.