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Old 05-13-2008, 05:47 AM
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LAKEWOODER--thanks for the link--
article basically replays my mantra--science and math and special ed--now foreign languages--but not English or social studies (too many coaches in that field) in short supply---
and yet--did you notice the article mentioned how many students in Irving ISD are English-language-challenged---
makes no sense to me that you have students who are STRUGGLING to learn English--which they need to gain higher level MATH and SCIENCE concepts--especially when they enter Irving ISD in jr high or high school--yet English teachers are once again at the bottom of the desired teaching fields---
paying stipens to people for teaching Math and Science when they ALL have to pass TAKS English just creates a harsh working enviornment--
my local ISD has been paying 45K to new teachers for couple of years--so that is not a surprising number--what is depressing is that you probably get less than 1000K a year raise from one teaching year to the next
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:53 AM
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Well you live in Bakersfield... not really part of CA.. best probably to leave to TX... if you can make it in another part of CA best of luck- I know though it's tough!
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:25 PM
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You're exactly right and the administrators don't seem to get it. Why is it obvious to everyone else that if the students can't read at grade level, they're going to struggle with other subjects?! But ELA isn't valued as it should be by those in charge. They think it's some frivolous subject where we just have the kids sit around pondering existential poetry.

They try to skimp on ELA, too. They'll load up the classes so they're really large instead of hiring more teachers and creating more sections. I had to teach two whole grade levels (reg. English and AP) plus a section of Practical Writing, so I had five preps. By the end of the day, the janitors could have mopped the floor with me and I had to go home and grade all of those papers. Every English teacher I know has huge classes.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:40 PM
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And the politicians are clueless.
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:48 PM
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did you find a school district?
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Old 06-01-2008, 03:17 PM
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All I know is that in West Texas, no matter what the econmics are, no matter what the shortages are, football coaches are always hired regardless of their teaching fields. Get your priorities straight! Football trumps math, science, English, etc. any day.
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