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Old 06-07-2008, 08:00 PM
 
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Thank you for the inside knowledge, it is difficult to get that so far away. There is a lot to think about and consider, I plan on going after the 2008-9 school year, so I will have to check then to see the situation.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Chandler
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Default You will love Arizona!

Optimistic2,
You should consider Arizona for your move. Teachers are in short supply, especially sped teachers. The housing prices are at an incredible low. Many homes are located in lake communities (man made, of course). The lifestyle is active with easy access to prosports, concerts, parks, golf, hiking etc... The weather is wonderful 9 months of the year, and quite hot for 3 months. I've worked with many folks moving here from out of state and their only regret is that they did not move here sooner. Many folks have moved to AZ from California due to the huge cost of living and housing differential. It is just too expensive in CA to live.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:02 AM
 
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My Sister in law worked as a sped teacher in Arizona and she had a very bad experience. After years of pulling kids out of classrooms to teach them in a small group setting they changed it to giving her her own area of the gym(!) and including all the students that didn't speak English as well as the ones that actually had learning disabilites. She said it was a horrible situation and none of the students were served well. She stuck it out for a year and told the Prinicipal what would work and how she would be willing to set it up. The Principal said no, she wanted it to be known that her school was "inclusive" and "diverse". My SIL found that was the new teaching method throughout the area. She is now tutoring full time and loves it.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:08 PM
 
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Thank you for the inside knowledge, it is difficult to get that so far away. There is a lot to think about and consider, I plan on going after the 2008-9 school year, so I will have to check then to see the situation.
here's an update on how LAUSD is handling the budget cuts. like i said earlier, most teachers will have jobs come september.


Budget shortfall forces L.A. Unified to cut 500 jobs - Los Angeles Times
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:31 AM
 
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lots of jobs in AZ, but really not that close to water (about 4-5 hours to CA & 3-4 hrs to mexico beaches on sea of cortez) ...... there are some lakes for boating, etc

i'd say look into the carolinas - i know the 4 areas that are really recruiting hard are AZ, Las Vegas, TX and the Carolinas
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