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Old 06-12-2014, 11:30 PM
 
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Anyone have any advice on which job to would pick if the choice was between teaching at Townview Center (Dallas ISD) or North Garland High School (Garland ISD). I am certified in composites science 7-12 and need help in deciding which job to take. I taught Physics last semester at Townview but I live in north Richardson so the commute to North Garland would be much closer. I enjoyed my time at Townview but the Garland job is closer and has a planning period everyday. There's also a lot of changes in Dallas ISD that might not be so good. Which place would have more disciplinary issues with students? Any help or advice would be much appreciated. I only have a few days to decide...
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:48 AM
 
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It sounds like you've already made up your mind. Personally, I would take that shorter commute any day...
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:25 AM
 
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It sounds like you've already made up your mind. Personally, I would take that shorter commute any day...
We're all different. I would take the school with smarter kids....Townview. It's THE top high school in the entire county, right? Hard to pass that up, IMO. I would imagine the new results-based pay wouldn't impact the magnet teachers much - and could probably help increase your paycheck more than anything! The teachers who should be concerned are ineffective teachers at schools with a lot of discipline/ drop-out type kids.

OP, Can you take DART rail to work and use that as a planning period?
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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Are you teaching at TAG or SEM? Those are the best schools within Townview and the kids are held to very high academic standards for admission and attendance.

If you are teaching within another school at Townview where the students are not expected to have as high of academic rigor. I believe admission into the other schools within Townview draws the 40th percentile and up. If this is the case, you might choose the position with better benefits and better quality of life.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I don't not teach at TAG or SEM. I have all kids from the other 4 schools at Townview. I think I could take the DART although I've never really considered it. I believe it would be an extremely long commute. I'm still having a hard time to decide!
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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If you are in the Academic Center, you may not be teaching AP Physics and not getting the perks that go along with that, such as bonuses when your AP kids do well on their AP tests.
Will you have a better opportunity at North Garland HS?...perhaps to teach AP Physics?
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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You'll have more discipline problems at North Garland if you're teaching the regular (not honors) classes, but it's a solid school.
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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I'll be teaching both "regular" kids at both schools. At North I'll be teaching Physics and Chemistry and at Townview only Physics. Although I enjoy both subjects very much, its pretty nice to only have 1 prep next year if I stay at Townview. My main concern is the discipline problems. I've heard bad things about North (and Garland in general) about having problems with students.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:01 AM
 
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Garland pays better, but will have substantially more discipline problems than Townview. The "regular" kids at Townview are going to blow the doors off the "regular" kids at North Garland when it comes to academic performance as well.

Is this the same position Townview was hiring for at the DISD job fair on Friday? They had Spanish and I believe Physics(although it might have just said science) up on their whiteboard.

These are the main Dallas ISD issues

1. Some people either hate Mike Miles or they love him(same goes for certain board members). Overall Id say more people do not like Miles. The absurdly high level of teacher turnover shows that most teachers do not like him or his policies.
2. TEI
3. Home Rule

Mike Miles will only last another couple years tops. DISD Superintendents rarely last most than 5 years.
TEI will benefit people who teach at DISDs higher performing schools since test scores will now be 35% of a teachers evaluation(which will now determine pay)
Home Rule, well I will still be shocked if they can get the charter done in time to make the November ballot.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:09 AM
 
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We're all different. I would take the school with smarter kids....Townview. It's THE top high school in the entire county, right? Hard to pass that up, IMO. I would imagine the new results-based pay wouldn't impact the magnet teachers much - and could probably help increase your paycheck more than anything! The teachers who should be concerned are ineffective teachers at schools with a lot of discipline/ drop-out type kids.

OP, Can you take DART rail to work and use that as a planning period?
SEM and TAG are the top two highschools in Texas and the US.

The other four schools at Townview are highly ranked, but not nearly as high

JBS pulls up the "rear" at 24th best High School in Texas and 166th best in the US. Certainly nothing to sneeze at.
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