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Old 05-02-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Newark, NJ
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I wanted to bump this thread. I'm considering applying to be a K-5 teacher in Newark public schools for fall 2013 via the alternate route.
Am I wasting my time?
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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I wanted to bump this thread. I'm considering applying to be a K-5 teacher in Newark public schools for fall 2013 via the alternate route.
Am I wasting my time?
That might be one of the only places that would be hiring, since inner city schools usually have a hard time finding people to work in them. At least in K-5 your chances of having major issues with students should be less than if you wanted to teach in the high schools there.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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That might be one of the only places that would be hiring, since inner city schools usually have a hard time finding people to work in them. At least in K-5 your chances of having major issues with students should be less than if you wanted to teach in the high schools there.
Don't believe the hype. It's a bit easier to get hired in an urban district, but it's still very difficult. And while the issues in an urban elementary school will usually not be as serious overall as in urban middle/hgh schools, there are still plenty of issues, especially with the huge push to mainstream special needs children, including those with severe emotional problems.

OP, start applying anywhere and everywhere for a job. You can't be picky.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Newark, NJ
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That might be one of the only places that would be hiring, since inner city schools usually have a hard time finding people to work in them. At least in K-5 your chances of having major issues with students should be less than if you wanted to teach in the high schools there.
Thanks. Dealing with issues or a bad neighborhood is not an issue for me. Actually I'm more interested in teaching where there is greatest need in Newark.
I'm just worried that there won't be any openings and that even if there were, I'd be ignored no matter how passionate and dedicated I may be to helping Newark kids.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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Well I have been at learning centers and have exhausted working in these places where I can't really help teach in the full aspect I have been trained. I see that even while I am doing a Master Program to fullfill getting a position it is hard to even get in to a field study unless you really are know is someone in the school so if you can get a substitute position it would be a tiny shot of getting in. I have seen positions already being filled from within the aides and assistant that are already working there and they continue to put the ads out in the paper. good luck I would also look to the christain and catholic schools. It would be easier .
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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I think I'd rather drink bleach then be a public school teacher in a place like Newark.
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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It's funny on yahoo.com today Elementary School Teacher was ranked #1 best job field to pursue if you get laid off. I guess there must be a demand in other states, just not NJ because of the unions.

It's sad, because the best teachers for kids shouldn't be cronies -- but that is the attitude that NJ tends to take (Out for themselves, not the kids.)
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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To the OP- you mention wanting to stay near the PA border... Just know that you have one year to prove NJ residency if you get a job in NJ, if you are thinking about commuting! There is a waiver system in place, but it is far from a sure thing.

Alternate route... Would not recommend. Previous posters have explained the glut of certified thru a program want-to-be-teachers, you would be up against those people. As a principal, I would not even pull an alternate route elem teacher unless something really caught my attention-too many options!!
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