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View Poll Results: Best State for Teachers?
Tennessee 2 16.67%
North Carolina 2 16.67%
South Carolina 1 8.33%
Georgia 6 50.00%
Florida 2 16.67%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 07-21-2012, 10:46 PM
 
Location: B-town
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This is a thread to vote on and discuss the best state for Teachers in the "Southeast". I only included the states above due to those being the only states of importance to my fiance' and I.

I am basing the Poll as well as the general discussion on 3 factors(in no particular order):

1. Teachers pay overall. (What State would a Teacher have the best chance at making the most money.....and yes I know it isn't about the money but who wants to work for pennies when they could work for dollars a mile up the road)

2. Overall cost of living/tax burdens/housing/rent/etc. (What State could a Teacher survive in on their salary...get a decent house, be able to enjoy the night life, etc.)

3. Administrators/Retirement (What State WANTS Teachers and WANTS them to have a good pension and an enjoyable retirement and shouldn't have to lay very many Teachers off)


If you have any previous experience with a State or know someone that does please share it. And I know school districts are different so if one school district stands out over the others, perfect...share it.

I kind-of want to keep this on a larger-city base. So if we focus more on "best city" instead of "best state" let's either focus on relatively big cities(think: Greenville, SC and larger) or decent size suburbs outside a big city(think: Maryville, TN)
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:20 AM
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NC has got to be the worst.

No raise for 4 years, then a 1.5%, but with all step increases frozen.

The republicans in house HATE the NCEA (not a real union, just lobbyist) so they make teachers the pawns

Most legislators are not educated to begin with, and have no clue as to what 21st century education means...or requires.

Education used to be the pride of NC, now it is the joke.

I feel NC used to be the leader, and I had great pride in that, now we are in intellectual free fall. I am so glad my kids are in college and out of the k-12 quagmire.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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NC has got to be the worst.

No raise for 4 years, then a 1.5%, but with all step increases frozen.

The republicans in house HATE the NCEA (not a real union, just lobbyist) so they make teachers the pawns

Most legislators are not educated to begin with, and have no clue as to what 21st century education means...or requires.

Education used to be the pride of NC, now it is the joke.

I feel NC used to be the leader, and I had great pride in that, now we are in intellectual free fall. I am so glad my kids are in college and out of the k-12 quagmire.
I agree completely! I am trying to find a teaching job OUT of NC!
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:48 PM
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Location: Heart of TEA country--Livingston County, MI
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None of the above? Have you been keeping up with Florida? They are stripping teachers to the bare minimum. NC as others have said is also very punitive. I am currently in Michigan hoping to find a full time position before August 15--then I will have to go back to NC for another year...
And do you really want to talk about SC? If you are absolutely desperate and HAVE to find a job, I would try NC then SC (Greenville area)
I know quite a few teachers in Johnston / Harnett county that have bailed from Georgia and ran to NC...
Not sure what the pay is in Tennessee, but Memphis and Nashville seem to be hiring anyone with a license.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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None of the above?
I agree with this as well!

Personally, I'd be heading out to Colorado. The market is fairly easy according to some people I know there. (As in they have 5 applicants, and it is a matter of picking the best of the worst). I've also heard that Nebraska and Kansas have many open positions as well.

I know you want the South/Southeast area, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have never made the move.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:04 PM
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I agree with this as well!

Personally, I'd be heading out to Colorado. The market is fairly easy according to some people I know there. (As in they have 5 applicants, and it is a matter of picking the best of the worst). I've also heard that Nebraska and Kansas have many open positions as well.

I know you want the South/Southeast area, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have never made the move.
Not hat I do not LOVE the state of North Carolina. BUT losing money every year is rather INSULTING. And as usual, I believe NONE of the elected officials have taken pay freezes / cuts.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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Not hat I do not LOVE the state of North Carolina. BUT losing money every year is rather INSULTING. And as usual, I believe NONE of the elected officials have taken pay freezes / cuts.
I do love where I live, my house, my school, my friends. However, I am worse off financially now than I was 6 years ago subbing and working in a grocery store. The cost of living is higher where I am than where I live in Michigan (by a LOT), and my pay is horrible! I'm killing myself working about 25 hours a week in retail. Which is ironic, because I moved here to stop working two jobs
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Volunteer State
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I teach in Northeast Tennessee. From what we hear, Chattanooga cannot keep teachers from jumping the state line into Georgia. The pay is higher, and the retirement is much, much better. (Although I'd say most states have a better retirement than Tn.)
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