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Old 03-29-2014, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'm taking a job in fountain and relocating next month. I've done a lot of reading and district 2 seems to get all the bad reputation while 3 and 8 are seen as pretty good from what I've read. Obviously most say 12 & 20 are the best but housing is quite a bit more there too. Looking on the greatschools website the ratings for district 2 are substantially higher than district 3. I have 3rd and 2nd graders and just want them in a good learning environment, are the greatschools ratings not telling the whole story?
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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Honestly I think for elementary school it probably doesn't matter in terms of education which of those three districts 2,3, or 8 you are in. If you happen to hit a good school with a good principal and good educators, they're all good - but it is hard to figure that out ahead of time. It will matter a lot more in middle and high school - then the issues of poverty, crime, gangs, etc., create more divergence in the districts. There are considerably more concerns about neighborhood safety and crime rates in district 2, particularly in certain areas. That is not to say the district is ghetto, but it is the one area consistently noted of concern in terms of safety. There is huge teacher turnover in district 2 and they hire a lot of Teach for America kids who only teach for two years, etc., because they can pay less.
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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I have known several teachers that were taught in D2 and all jumped ship. There are issues with their performance pay system and in their teacher evaluation system.

I would go for either D3 or D8. I have friends that teach in D8 and really like it. Another friend's husband is a counselor in D3 and likes it there as well.
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