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Old 07-16-2008, 11:01 PM
 
Location: lauderhill, florida
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Default Best state for a single parent to teach in?

I am currently living in South Florida and I am looking to leave within the next 2 years when my daughter starts high school. I am a school teacher and have been teaching for about 8 years, 4 in NJ and 4 in Florida. I am also a single parent.

Any suggestions on states that offers great benefits and competitive salaries as well as a low cost of living? I will appreciate all comments.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:35 AM
 
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Good salaries, low cost of living AND the possibility of getting hired? If you teach HS math or science then you have a good chance of getting a job just about anywhere.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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Not Texas.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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Sparklestoo, have you gotten vested in the retirement system? If not I would stay at least until you're vested.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: lauderhill, florida
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Yes I am vested in Florida. What difference does it make whether if I am vested or not? Please give me some insight.
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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I sugest you look into where the teachers make more but the cost of living is lower.

The Atlanta area pays very well and the COL is lower than many areas.

The below is after a brief google search, but you can do your own and find more info:

Teacher Salaries: By State. Includes taxes, cost of living data The Car Family

I moved from CA to NC and am more than disappointed in the teacher salaries here. If I were single I wouldn't make it. Preschool is the same cost here in NC as it was in CA, but the pay is literally 50%.

Dawn
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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You don't get paid in retirement without being vested. The longer you remain in a state's retirement system, the higher monthly payment you'll recieve. That's why it's important to minimally get vested and hang in as long as you can.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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Some states allow you to purchase out of state service or transfer it into 403 and buy back your time when you retire. I wouldn't worry about the vested portion, because you can either leave it and collect later, or cash it out and roll it into 403's or IRA's.

Pennsylvania teachers are paid well, and many of the areas in the central and south central areas are affordable on a teacher's salary.

Getting certified to teach in PA can be a nightmare if you've never taken the PRAXIS exams.
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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I don't know about other states but buying years in Nevada is very expensive. Certification there is a nightmare, too. They actually have signs posted in the certification office saying that, "unruly people will be removed" when you walk in you wonder why. When they give you no credit for your doctoral degree, you understand the signs.
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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They give you 1K extra per year, according to their website Licensed Employee Salary Schedule (2004-2005) (http://ccsd.net/jobs/LLPsalary.htm - broken link),

which is more than Los Angeles will give you. But, you still make more than being a professor in most higher ed colleges, which is why I nixed the PhD idea even after I was accepted.

Dawn

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I don't know about other states but buying years in Nevada is very expensive. Certification there is a nightmare, too. They actually have signs posted in the certification office saying that, "unruly people will be removed" when you walk in you wonder why. When they give you no credit for your doctoral degree, you understand the signs.
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