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Old 05-04-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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Hi,

I am a special education teacher in NYC, and I'm considering a move to Ft. Lauderdale. I can locate lots of objective information online (teacher salary, e.g.) but not so much the subjective stuff.

Professionally, I'm curious how Broward County Schools designates different special education classifications. I'm specifically interested in teaching young students (age 4-7) with mental retardation. If there are any school teachers out there who would be willing to answer a few questions about that, I'd be very grateful.

Personally, of course, I'd like to hear about affordable places to live, the viability of public transportation (or will I need to buy a car?). I'm single and gay.

It's a big puzzle trying to learn about this stuff at a distance. Any help is greatly appreciated

Brian
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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I can't answer your specific questions regarding special ed in Broward County but, overall, I would caution anyone moving here and planning on teaching to be very careful. That is especiallyy true of someone who is single and has no other household income. We are undergoing massive budget reductions in this county and, unless you've already been teaching a few years in the county schools, your job is likely not safe. It may be different (better) for special ed, but overall, programs are being slashed and consolidated. Unemployment here is a bit higher that the national average so if you intend to supplement your teaching income, keep that in mind.

You would likely need a car if you moved here. Public transportation is not nearly as developed as where you are and is not that reliable. If you are single and gay, Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Lauderdale by the Sea come to mind as cities you might want to check into.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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Default thanks!

that's some great information and insights. i appreciate it!
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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There are a variety of different schools that cater to special needs pop. Bright Horizons in Pompano is one. Atlantic Academy is another. Many of the public school within Borward County have a SN pop or cluster classrooms.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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Hi Brian, not sure if you are still looking, but Palm Beach County is looking for elem. ed special education teachers for self contained students. I was hired there for an autism classroom. And because you are a teacher already, you know that budget cuts and reduction in force are happening all over the country. But to be honest, with Florida now requiring a teacher to have an autism endorsement or a severe and profound endorsement in order to get hired to teach those positions, your job might be a little bit more stable. If you are interested, palmbeachschools.org has open positions, although according to the people on city-data, all areas of south florida are to be avoided (like teachers are millionaires and can afford the ritzy areas) except Jupiter and Wellington in PBC.
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