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Old 05-12-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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I will be moving from Chicago to the metro Atlanta area. I am getting married and my fiance lives in Atlanta. I am a highschool teacher. I have been looking and researching teaching jobs and the educational climate in the metro Atlanta area. I am from Chicago and we a have a strong teacher's union. I know that GA is a 'right to work state'. However, I would like to know a few things about teaching in the metro Atlanta/GA:
1) What is the teacher/work climate for teachers in GA?
2) Do teachers in GA have any type of job protection since there isn't a teacher's union? Is there due process and etc?
3) Do teachers get tenure? I have read some conflicting things about this?
4) What are some of the best/worst areas for teachers to teach at in GA?
I am a little apprehensive coming from Chicago to Georgia where to start and what to know.
Any other information would help! Thanks!

 
Old 05-13-2013, 03:46 AM
 
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My answers are in red. However, generally speaking, the hiring climate for teachers isn't great right now unless you are in a high needs area -- math, science or special ed. The second largest system in GA looks to be laying off teachers this year so the market may even be tougher.


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I will be moving from Chicago to the metro Atlanta area. I am getting married and my fiance lives in Atlanta. I am a highschool teacher. I have been looking and researching teaching jobs and the educational climate in the metro Atlanta area. I am from Chicago and we a have a strong teacher's union. I know that GA is a 'right to work state'. However, I would like to know a few things about teaching in the metro Atlanta/GA:
1) What is the teacher/work climate for teachers in GA?
The state hasn't given teachers a raise in at least 6 years. Common Core is coming with very little support in many places. And the new teacher evaluation system goes into effect in the next year or so. Lots if testing

2) Do teachers in GA have any type of job protection since there isn't a teacher's union? Is there due process and etc?

After a year or two, teacher have due process rights. But you need to understand that very few teachers seem to be dismissed here. The culture of the schools seems to be either move the bad ones to another school or limp along with them. This may change with the new eval system though.

3) Do teachers get tenure? I have read some conflicting things about this?

Sort of. But this will change. I wouldn't count on it.

4) What are some of the best/worst areas for teachers to teach at in GA?

GA is a big state. Exactly where does your fiance live? Metro Atlanta? somewhere else?

I am a little apprehensive coming from Chicago to Georgia where to start and what to know.
Any other information would help! Thanks!
Again, we need to know where your fiance lives or does he just have to stay in the state. The advice you receive for the metro area will be very different than say the advice for metro Atlanta.
 
Old 05-13-2013, 06:45 AM
 
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:15 AM
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From a place with an average salary of 70K+ with three years of guaranteed raises to Atlanta, where there have been no raises and limited job oppotunities and an average salary of what? (40-50k), are you crazy?
 
Old 05-13-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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I will be moving from Chicago to the metro Atlanta area. I am getting married and my fiance lives in Atlanta. I am a highschool teacher. I have been looking and researching teaching jobs and the educational climate in the metro Atlanta area. I am from Chicago and we a have a strong teacher's union. I know that GA is a 'right to work state'. However, I would like to know a few things about teaching in the metro Atlanta/GA:
1) What is the teacher/work climate for teachers in GA?
2) Do teachers in GA have any type of job protection since there isn't a teacher's union? Is there due process and etc?
3) Do teachers get tenure? I have read some conflicting things about this?
4) What are some of the best/worst areas for teachers to teach at in GA?
I am a little apprehensive coming from Chicago to Georgia where to start and what to know.
Any other information would help! Thanks!
I would start here.
 
Old 05-13-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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When I say Metro Atlanta I am referring to Decatur, GA.
 
Old 05-13-2013, 08:19 PM
 
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Sorry, he lives in Decatur, GA
 
Old 05-13-2013, 08:20 PM
 
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Thanks for your response. Can you give some new insight into this new "evaluation process"? Thanks!
 
Old 05-13-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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