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Old 05-30-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,
I hope to get some clarification as I am considering a last minute change of plan to relocate to Dallas/FtWorth. I currently teacher special education grades 6-8 in Florida and for the past few days have thought seriously about Texas. I am certified K-12 ESE with an ESOL endorsement, and I have a Masters Degree. I was reading previous posts about how many positions have been filled during recent job fairs. I would like to ask how to begin the process of applying for a license in Texas and how to begin seeking a secondary or high school teaching position. I would like to move by July 08. Any help would be greatly appreciated.[/SIZE][/font]

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Old 05-30-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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I can't be of help with the certification/license info, but wanted to share that Dallas is in Region X ( I believe)...there was another recent post about this... and Fort Worth is in region XI. You may want to start by googling for info there. Region XI has a hiring consortium. Not all school districts participate in the consortium but some do. Its website is: Education Service Center Region XI (http://www.esc11.net/escrxi/site/default.asp - broken link)

Good Luck
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:41 PM
 
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I can't be of help with the certification/license info, but wanted to share that Dallas is in Region X ( I believe)...there was another recent post about this... and Fort Worth is in region XI. You may want to start by googling for info there. Region XI has a hiring consortium. Not all school districts participate in the consortium but some do. Its website is: Education Service Center Region XI (http://www.esc11.net/escrxi/site/default.asp - broken link)

Good Luck
Thank you very much
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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Real shortage of SPED teachers here (just like everywhere else, I guess)....you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job.

Please know that not all districts pay the same....and teachers are not unionized. There can be a great deal of difference in the pay scale between two districts in the same area. There is a base pay set by the state, then each district adds in what they can (or will). Salaries are based on number of years in the classroom.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:50 PM
 
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Real shortage of SPED teachers here (just like everywhere else, I guess)....you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job.

Please know that not all districts pay the same....and teachers are not unionized. There can be a great deal of difference in the pay scale between two districts in the same area. There is a base pay set by the state, then each district adds in what they can (or will). Salaries are based on number of years in the classroom.
Hi,
Could you recommend a site that would chart the districts and their payscale, as a means for me to educate myself. I am trying to decide between here and NC, and any information I have would be most helpful.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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Hi,
Could you recommend a site that would chart the districts and their payscale, as a means for me to educate myself. I am trying to decide between here and NC, and any information I have would be most helpful.
I don't know of any site that does this for you, although it would sure be a time saver for you if someone else knows of such a resource. I suspect you may have to comb through individual district sites for this. For example, the salary schedule for Denton ISD is here:
http://www.dentonisd.org/512727201502/lib/512727201502/2007-2008%20TEACHERS.pdf (broken link)
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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one more thing. keep in mind that in Denton you can get a 1800 sq ft house with nice sized yard for 160k or so (give or take a bit). I'm sure you're doing this already, but just in case....make sure you also factor in cost of living. For example, my friends in Cali who teach make tons more, but cost of living is tons more too. Depending upon where you are in FL, the COL may be pretty comparable to DFW.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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A special education teacher with a masters is like gold around here. As stated earlier I don't think one website is going to compare all the districts but you should have the pick of district you want.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:48 PM
 
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i am just completing my first year of teaching, and have several friends in your field. i will e-mail more this weekend, but i will also send you some links to my district, dallas isd, and a couple of others.

feel free to e-mail me at grady1638@gmail.com and i will send you what i can after i get done moving apts tomorrow.
clay

and like they said, denton is a nice and growing area. if you are considering, just google, dallas, denton and someother suburbs. i am near downtown dallas and always have been, but if i was not here i would live in richardson and teach in their district or denton, krum isd near denton, and then there are newer growing suburbs like: coppell, southlake, grapevine, etc.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:46 PM
 
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Thank you all very much for all of your help, it really makes it easier when one is trying to make a life changing decision. I will take a look at the websites, and Google around the web to see what I can find. I love the idea of the square footage and price of the homes; you certainly won't find that in Florida, though we can always hope
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