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Old 02-01-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Thanks for all the responses! We have submitted electronic applications for the Oakland County consortium. We don't want to make a move before summer, so for now, we are going to just wait and see what happens. We have a nice home and somewhat secure jobs here, so if we don't get any offers, it's not the end of the world. We both grew up here, and are just looking to spread our wings a bit. We figured we might as well look into higher paying states. Apparently, MI isn't our best choice... any other suggestions?
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses! We have submitted electronic applications for the Oakland County consortium. We don't want to make a move before summer, so for now, we are going to just wait and see what happens. We have a nice home and somewhat secure jobs here, so if we don't get any offers, it's not the end of the world. We both grew up here, and are just looking to spread our wings a bit. We figured we might as well look into higher paying states. Apparently, MI isn't our best choice... any other suggestions?

Contact the schools personally that are listed on the Oakland or RESA consortiums..Have you looked at Northern VA? Also check the EDUCATION forum here in city data. I have heard TN, AK, NoVA, and SD are possibilities? Maybe some cities in NM as well??
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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After the State of the State address and the release of that report with all of the charts illustrating Michigan's dire financial straights, is there a good chance that Gov. Snyder will try to cut teacher pay?
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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I had heard Snyder might try and follow the Florida proposed plan of cutting the salary and using merit pay to replace the cut wages? The merit pay would be based on percentage of students passing the standardized tests.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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Your best bet in Michigan is to try to get into a charter school, but depending on which school, working conditions and pay might be crappy. Check out Michigan Charter School Network for postings. You have a MUCH better chance getting an interview than in a regular public school.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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Your best bet in Michigan is to try to get into a charter school, but depending on which school, working conditions and pay might be crappy. Check out Michigan Charter School Network for postings. You have a MUCH better chance getting an interview than in a regular public school.

But much like NC the pay is low and raises far and few between. BUt you are in Michigan...
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I had heard Snyder might try and follow the Florida proposed plan of cutting the salary and using merit pay to replace the cut wages? The merit pay would be based on percentage of students passing the standardized tests.
Well that's sad. Why is it that kids learned more when standardized tests were used less? If I was a teacher, I would want to have at least a little bit of input into what I was teaching. With this "teaching to the test" stuff going on, what autonomy does a teacher have these days?

I have a couple of friends who are teachers in Ohio, another state that has "standardized test fever", and they feel like their hands are tied and that they have very little opportunity to teach the kids much of anything--it's all about "the test".

To the OP: Good luck. I'm not a teacher, and I don't have kids in public school, but I do know that most of the districts in our area (extreme SE corner of Michigan) are financially strapped to the point where they are laying off much needed teachers and closing school buildings. It's hard out there today, but hopefully you will find something good for both of you. Teachers work hard, you deserve a dependable job with good pay and benefits.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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Almost all of my teacher friends live out of state or are in different professions because they couldn't find a teaching job in Michigan. I can count the number who are in Michigan on one hand.

Michigan's economy is tied for second-worst in the nation. A lot of school districts are feeling the heat because taxpayers don't want to pony up the cash for zero-dollar health benefits (in some districts) and expensive salary packages (in some districts). I feel bad for the teachers who are caught up in this mess, but when times were good -> they were made promises that taxpayers simply can't afford to keep now that economic times are bad.

Michigan isn't the place to look for a teaching job right now.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:14 PM
 
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We have applied in Ohio, Alaska, and some districts in Virginia. We can't afford to live in Northern VA, although the pay is great! We don't want to move before next school year, so hopefully something will open up for us. Rumor has it that NC teachers will not only NOT get a raise again this year. We will get a 5% pay cut. There has to be somewhere teachers can make a little money... right?
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:25 AM
 
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New Mexico? Pay is still rather low there too. This is not the time to go into education. I am just glad I have less than 5 years to endure this nonsense. Heck, I might even leave sooner if I can develop any kind of income outside of teaching..
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