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Old 06-09-2014, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I am thinking of moving to Baltimore City...or Baltimore County. I teach and live on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and want to move back to the "western" part of Maryland for good reasons. Is there a good climate for teachers in Baltimore? I've heard some horror stories, but that was long ago...long enough for things to have changed (hopefully for the better)?

To add to that, I am also a recently divorced mom of 3 children (ages 11, 6, and 3). I am hoping to not pay any more than $1800-1900 for a 3-4 bdrm (preferably a townhouse/rowhouse or single family detached).

Could I find a place within that price range that's decent? Which school system is better: the city or the county? Which system is better for teachers?
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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Think it depends on the school and offer. Last summer, my brother was offered positions in Baltimore City and the County.

He considered the city because the pay was higher but in the end, he chose the county. The city school was low performing and the principal had recently been let go. He also picked up on the fact that the teachers were unhappy and felt the vice principal's personality rubbed him the wrong way.

You shouldn't have a problem find a rental at that price - but consider paying more for a better location since you have school aged children. Get an offer, then decide.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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You shouldn't have a problem find a rental at that price - but consider paying more for a better location since you have school aged children. Get an offer, then decide.
For example, there are apartments in Columbia, Maryland with decent schools. A three-bedroom in Kendall Ridge is advertised at $1715, and the schools are rated 7 or 8 out of 10. You could work in Howard County, or Baltimore County, or even Baltimore City if the commute was not too bad.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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Just based on what I heard from other teachers, I'd steer clear, personally, of both Baltimore City and county. Try Howard. Cost of living in Pasadena, Glen Burnie isn't bad...Columbia is good like another post suggested.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:34 PM
 
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Just based on what I heard from other teachers, I'd steer clear, personally, of both Baltimore City and county. Try Howard. Cost of living in Pasadena, Glen Burnie isn't bad...Columbia is good like another post suggested.
I would disagree with that. Most of my neighbors are Baltimore City teachers. They all bought homes from a popular developer here. I've spoken to all if not most of them....especially when my brother was relocating last year. They all seem pretty happy with their careers in the city. A couple had issues with administration, but again that varies with each school.

My brother teaches science/physics and tells me that gave him more options. I tend to think if a Baltimore student is taking Physics, hopefully they are focused on doing well and not acting out.
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