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Old 03-17-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Just read this on the Statesman site:

Area schools adjust to economic slowdown (http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/03/18/0318slowing.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=52 - broken link)

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"During the housing boom of recent years in Central Texas, school districts scrambled to accommodate the students moving into the area. But with home construction last year at its lowest level in more than a decade, most districts' enrollment growth is slowing. Many districts are postponing construction of schools and bond elections and are scaling back teacher hiring."

The article does give a good general summary for all the ISD's in and around Austin and their plans for the immediate future.

Good read for prospective teachers considering transferring to Texas; while not the best news it's worth a read.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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I saw this too! Most ISD are continuing to grow, just at a reduced rate from previous years. Definitely a good thing. The red-hot growth rate of the past 3-4 years is very hard to deal with (ie new schools opening at 110% of capacity).
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I just read another article on the Statesman site. Unemployed workers are signing up for substitute teaching; the districts have so many they stopped taking applications.

Substitute teaching applications pour in (http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/03/19/0319substitutes.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=52 - broken link)
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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I know, I tried to apply but could get an original of my social security card in time!!
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Other agencies are cutting back as well...libraries are planning on cutting back hours.....blanket freezes in most city agencies.......that will pass, but, for now, the city is biting the bullet....
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