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Old 01-05-2009, 06:50 AM
 
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I am a science/biology/earth sciences/geography teacher in a Catholic School in the Fort Lauderdale area. I am Florida certified in biology. I have Masters Degrees in biology and geography and 15 years teaching experience and 8 years in this Catholic School. Due to the low pay in the Catholic School and the high cost of living in Broward, I am considering switching to public schools in Broward or Palm Beach or Martin County. I love where I am, but I don't like the pay. Can anyone give me their thoughts on this? Should I make the jump for money? Does a new teacher have any choice regarding which school where she would be teaching in public schools? Are the students' behavior and work ethic significantly worse in public schools? Thank you very much for your help.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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I don't think its fair to ask if kids who are in public school have as good as work ethic as those in private schools, thats a bit offensive, suggesting that kids in private schools are "better" then those in public. I wouldnt want my kids teachers coming in with that kind of judgement. That being said if you are not getting enough money where you are then make the change, what grade are you teaching? I don't think you should have a problem with behavior if you are teaching primary school.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Broward County, South Florida
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In my opinion and I'm speaking with experience in No. VA outside of washington (I'm fairly new here). There were so many kids in the private schools who were kicked out of the public schools. So the private schools had some of the worse disciplined kids around. That includes the catholic schools.

Public schools in the DC metro area did not tolerate problem children....but the private schools pretty much took anyone if they were willing to pay.

The public schools around here look just fine.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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I am a science/biology/earth sciences/geography teacher in a Catholic School in the Fort Lauderdale area. I am Florida certified in biology. I have Masters Degrees in biology and geography and 15 years teaching experience and 8 years in this Catholic School. Due to the low pay in the Catholic School and the high cost of living in Broward, I am considering switching to public schools in Broward or Palm Beach or Martin County. I love where I am, but I don't like the pay. Can anyone give me their thoughts on this? Should I make the jump for money? Does a new teacher have any choice regarding which school where she would be teaching in public schools? Are the students' behavior and work ethic significantly worse in public schools? Thank you very much for your help.
I would be really cautious about jumping ship from a stable school environment to a public school system in Florida right now

link (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/legislature/story/840728.html - broken link)

Trust me when I tell you, 2009 is going to be a disaster economically. Which means more budget cuts for next year OR higher taxes. I wouldn't be shocked to see teacher lay-offs from public schools either this year or next.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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I have to do field exp for my intro to edu class at BC, does anyone have suggestions as to what sections of Broward I should ask for 1, 2, 3? I think they go according to area not specific school. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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I don't think its fair to ask if kids who are in public school have as good as work ethic as those in private schools, thats a bit offensive, suggesting that kids in private schools are "better" then those in public. I wouldnt want my kids teachers coming in with that kind of judgement. That being said if you are not getting enough money where you are then make the change, what grade are you teaching? I don't think you should have a problem with behavior if you are teaching primary school.
Dear Christinekim:

The reason that I asked the question is that I taught in Europe before coming here (I am a naturalized citizen), and therefore I need/want all the information that I can get. I don't believe that my inquiry is disrespectful at all. Also, I don't think you understand my question since I think I made it clear that money is not the only thing that is important to me.

Best regards,
Scienceteacher1
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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Dear Ishoupe:
That is very interesting. Thanks.
Scienceteacher1
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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Dear Wild Style:

Thanks for taking the time. Are you a teacher?

Scienceteacher1
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:28 AM
 
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Dear Wild Style:

Thanks for taking the time. Are you a teacher?

Scienceteacher1
Once upon a time I was. But that was in another life
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:05 AM
 
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Dispense with the education of the schools and have good masters at home instead.
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