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Old 05-21-2014, 05:28 PM
 
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That's why we're not moving there. we're staying in AAC. Teachers commute to work before the morning rush really begins, so I don't think that's going to be a huge deal. Within 3 years time, I will be making close to 15 THOUSAND more with Howard County. For a young couple just starting their lives, this is huge. Goodbye frozen salary and dead end career in Anne Arundel County! You're losing a great teacher.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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What step is Howard bringing you in on?
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:04 PM
 
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I've been stuck on step 8 for 4 years until this past January when they raised me to level 9. Howard is honoring all of my years of teaching--13! Plus, after 2 more grad classes, I'll bump up to M.A. plus 30. Winning! AACPS=Losing!
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I've been stuck on step 8 for 4 years until this past January when they raised me to level 9. Howard is honoring all of my years of teaching--13! Plus, after 2 more grad classes, I'll bump up to M.A. plus 30. Winning! AACPS=Losing!
Congrats, but you might be careful how you treat x employers. Never a good idea to burn bridges. You never know who might be reading this and if you will need a good reference or even a job in the same district in the future. Districts often have their hands tied and HR can only do what those higher up tell them to do. Take advantage of the new offer, but don't mess up four years of your resume slamming a previous employer on the internet. Just my opinion.
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Old 05-23-2014, 03:27 AM
 
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I'm very happy for you and that you're moving to a higher paying job.

But I must admit that there's something somewhat petulant about your attitude. You probably didn't mean to come across as whining, but you did in attacking the AACPS for factors beyond their control. Keep in mind that for the last five or so years we've lived through a "Great Recession" and many people are still struggling to find jobs or had to take pay cuts that haven't been restored yet and the cost of living continues to go up. Municipalities have had to make substantial budget cuts here and there in order to balance budgets (including Howard County). You are far from the only person who's had to suffer a pay freeze.

Be thankful you had a stable job in a stable school district, and be happy that you're making a financially good move and aren't forced to work in, say, the Baltimore school district. Starting this thread only makes you appear spoiled.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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OP I get your sentiment exactly, and didn't think you sound spoiled at all.
I can see how if a person 'complained' all the time how I might point out -- "well, you know a whole lot of people have it a lot worse." But I just didn't get that from your post.

Being fed up with a situation and glad to improve one's state doesn't necessarily make a person spoiled -- NOR ungrateful -- OR unaware that the person has been blessed to be doing better than others.

I HOPE you know very well how fortunate you are. We, ANY of us, who are employed should be glad to have a job -- because trust me -- there are 100 people or more who'd HAPPILY take any of our jobs -- for 10K LESS.

The fact that others don't have a job or have it worse, doesn't mean YOU wouldn't have quit earlier if you could have, are supposed to stay in your job forever, and aren't supposed to not do what you can to rise in pay and title as far as you want to.

You tone doesn't sound like gloating at all. Sounds like you're encouraging others to not settle and to looking to getting paid what they think they're worth.

As for being petulant -- I'm DREAMING about whet I should say when I finally retire. We usually have a cake and gather around the the person leaving makes a short comment. I'm debating whether to just leave things unsaid -- or "See ya suckers. I was one of you too, for faaar too long. But not any more. IF you're young enough to get out an move on do it. If you're in too far, hang on, freedom is coming -- when you won't have to deal with this place anymore. That day will come!"

Sort of like an exit interview -- say nothing -- or say all you may have been dying to say for years

I get that you're glad and excited about your future prospects...I didn't get "gloating."
GOOD LUCK to you. I hope your commute isn't farther.....
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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The beauty of a public forum is that people can say what they want, interpret things however they wish, and point fingers at people and accuse them of things or spin/twist/turn words of others to make their point. I did not mean to come across as spoiled, did not think I sounded "petulant" or think I came across as gloating. I did, as rdflk kindly pointed out, come across, in my opinion, as simply excited about my future.

I asked a question on a post about if anyone else was leaving, and stated my reasons for choosing to do so. I am a good teacher. I know I am. I signed a contract 5 years ago that had steps. With over 35K in student undergrad and grad debt, I needed those steps to be able to afford my life here. When they announced to me that there was a salary freeze and furlough days, which they (aacps boe) did not disclose to me when I signed the contract with those handsome steps, I was shocked. Year one--no raise. Year two--no raise. Year three--no raise, higher rent, higher cost of health care, higher gas prices, food prices. Year four, pitiful raise, higher rent, etc. etc. Year five, one step raise, but higher costs of everything. My post was not to sound petulant, gloating, or bratty, but to simply state my case, illuminate the fact that other counties are figuring it out, so why can't AAC? I'm not attacking them, I'm just questioning why they can't pay their teachers? There's a lot of good stuff going on here--but I'm leaving because I need to. If I had it my way, I'd be paid what was promised me on paper 5 years ago, and continue to live and work in this county. I have the right to be happy and share it with others without a character attack like above. But that's what you get when you post to a public forum. I'm not burning any bridges either as one person stated. Just because I state facts does not mean I'm burning bridges. They'd be happy to have me back. Guaranteed. (That, everyone, was gloating)
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I didn't think you were gloating and spoiled. I thinks it's great that you are a good teacher and proud of it. Many teachers are miserable it seems and how can you be a great teacher if you hate your job?

I also think it's cool that you going to take a higher paying job and that you are making sure you are publicly saying why and that AA is losing a good teacher. This needs to be said more.

I was just saying be careful. Don't say too much. But I think you got the point across well without being too aggressive.

Good luck, maybe AA County will get their act together and you can come back soon.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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Thanks I appreciate that! I wish more teachers would speak their mind because I hear it all the time. This year, I just happened to do something about it.
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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Thanks I appreciate that! I wish more teachers would speak their mind because I hear it all the time. This year, I just happened to do something about it.
Please. Teachers, moreso than any other occupation I can think of, are continually speaking their minds about how poorly they are supposedly paid.
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