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Old 09-20-2009, 07:17 PM
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I am a single parent of 2 young children and want to move to the ATL area. I am a teacher- so commuting will not be an issue- I will teach in the area which I live. I have family in East Cobb- but I am thinking that I would like the Virginia Highlands or Candler Park area- Is this area safe for a single female with kids? It looks to be a family oriented area- How close is it to the not so great areas of ATL? I want to live in an area where it is easy to meet people and has lots of activities for the kids- Any information and/or suggestions would be fabulous!!!
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:02 PM
Location: Marietta, GA
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One thing to keep in mind right now is that few (if any) school districts are hiring. In fact, many are furloughing and have had layoffs. Just keep in mind that you may not be able to find a job and may need to live with family or have savings to sustain you until you can find employment.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:22 PM
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I will not move until I secure employment- With the economy the way it is, I may not move for a couple of years.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:28 PM
Location: Central FL
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Becca, I wonder where you are currently teaching? Keep in mind that Georgia teachers have basically no rights at all. My county has already had a 2.8% pay cut (county), a layoff of 100 classroom teachers, and 3 furlough days (mandated by the state). We hear that teachers may face an additional 7 furlough days in early 2010 (so that means all of our our workdays are gone and we have to work for free because things still have to get done)

GA uses sales tax revenues to pay for school operations more than some of the northern states, so until people in GA start buying stuff again, public schools will be hit hard.

I have a friend who lives in Cobb and I also know a teacher in Cherokee County. Both said the school system in their area is good. I would choose that over a downtown ATL location for sure.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:38 PM
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I currently live in GA- so the paycuts, and furlough days are all too familiar... Ideally I would move to FL- but the pay there is less- and the cost of living more =(
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