2016’s Best & Worst States for Teachers

Discussion in 'General Education' started by SageScience, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. SageScience

    SageScience Companion

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2017
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    42

    Apr 11, 2017

  2.  
  3. Bioguru

    Bioguru Companion

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    39

    Apr 12, 2017

    I'm from Texas - #8. I'm sure it depends on the school district, but in my current situation I can't complain. Great school, great community, comfortable living; I would rank it even higher!
     
    SageScience likes this.
  4. Rockguykev

    Rockguykev Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2008
    Messages:
    1,868
    Likes Received:
    178

    Apr 12, 2017

    California, #39, seems about right - I mean someone has to be worse than us, right?.

    51st in student/teacher ratio? I wouldn't have guessed that. I'd like to thank the union for negotiating me a nice living wage and terrible working conditions.
     
    SageScience likes this.
  5. MetalTeacher

    MetalTeacher Companion

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    67

    Apr 12, 2017

    Nice to see Virginia holding a solid spot. I guess I'll find out if this is accurate when I graduate and start a real teaching job (but by that time there will be a new list.)
     
    SageScience likes this.
  6. Backroads

    Backroads Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    761

    Apr 12, 2017

    Utah was #9, and I find that acceptable. It's a decent state to be a teacher in, provided you stay away from some certain school district (though one of "those" districts recently just gave huge raises to make them income comparable.)

    I still think about slipping off to Wyoming, though.

    We are rather infamous for having low money per student, as this mentioned, but at the same time, we tend to do very well with the money.
     
    SageScience likes this.
  7. Leaborb192

    Leaborb192 Groupie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    607

    Apr 12, 2017

    Arizona #49
    :rofl:
     
  8. Backroads

    Backroads Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    761

    Apr 12, 2017

    Why I don't dream of slipping off to Arizona.
     
  9. Leaborb192

    Leaborb192 Groupie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    607

    Apr 12, 2017

    I'm looking at going back. I'm a masochist apparently. But the district I'm interested in is ranked higher! The Chandler Unified School District. Anyone have any insider info?
    :D:thumbs:
     
    SageScience likes this.
  10. AmyMyNamey

    AmyMyNamey Comrade

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    187

    Apr 12, 2017

    This places Indiana in the middle of the list. o_O

    In all fairness, not every district in Indiana is hellish. Indiana enjoys economic segregation, which naturally leads to racial segregation. Affluent whites enjoy a surplus of school funding, while the poor and minorities are denied even basic services.

    There are districts rolling in cash, where teachers get raises each year. And then there are districts like mine, were teachers lose money every year.

    I guess Indiana is fine if you are lucky enough to teach wealthy white children. It is not so pleasant when called to serve anyone else. Indiana seems to have designed education funding that the poor stay poor and the rich feel great about themselves.

    Given that Indiana has made it illegal for teachers to be paid based on education or seniority, I'd have to say this list fails to reflect a number of painful realities. It also appears too commercial to be credible.

    I'd place Indiana near the bottom of this list. Kansas, too. I think Hawaii probably belongs where it appears.
     
  11. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,593
    Likes Received:
    828

    Apr 12, 2017

    Oregon is #48. Sounds about right.
     
  12. physteach

    physteach Companion

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    8

    Apr 12, 2017

    Number 1! I do like working here :)
     
    Backroads likes this.
  13. Leaborb192

    Leaborb192 Groupie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Messages:
    1,421
    Likes Received:
    607

    Apr 12, 2017

    Good old Chris Christie! Woo!
     
  14. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Aficionado

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    3,580
    Likes Received:
    465

    Apr 12, 2017

    I firmly believe that the factors listed (job pressures, low pay, and lack of mobility) vary greatly from district to district within each state. Personally, I feel that my particular district in CA is a great place to work (high pay and decent/good working conditions).
     
  15. readingrules12

    readingrules12 Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    Messages:
    2,779
    Likes Received:
    216

    Apr 12, 2017

    Chandler has typically been one of the better paying school districts in AZ. I know people who have worked there. Most have liked it. I have never taught there myself. Get a salary schedule and get a closer look. It is worth considering IMO.
     
    Leaborb192 and SageScience like this.
  16. Backroads

    Backroads Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2,024
    Likes Received:
    761

    Apr 13, 2017

    I have to return and correct this. I actually wouldn't mind moving to Arizona (my husband would get a lot more in his field) and I think it's a beautiful state. I just don't think I would want to teach in it.
     
    MetalTeacher and SageScience like this.
  17. SageScience

    SageScience Companion

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2017
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    42

    Apr 13, 2017

    I agree with the above posters that Chandler is a good school district to work. Actually, most schools in the "East Valley" are pretty good. There are a few charter schools there that also have better working conditions than many of the other schools. However, the amount of work they pile on you is crazy.
     
  18. SageScience

    SageScience Companion

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2017
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    42

    Apr 13, 2017

    I would like to teach at Chandler Unified too. I'm making preparations to return to teaching and have my focus on that district.

    I think you said you teach elementary, right? I'm not too familiar with the K-6 schools but I heard they are good. The good high schools would be Basha and Hamilton.
    Actually, Kyrene is a top K-8 district in the Phoenix Area. You could try getting in there. The conditions are better than other places for sure. I am not sure if Kyrene also feeds into certain Chandler schools.
     
  19. MetalTeacher

    MetalTeacher Companion

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    67

    Apr 13, 2017

    That's how I felt about Oregon, actually. I really like the vibe of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, so I thought about moving there at one point, but it's become increasingly obvious that teaching there wouldn't be a good move for me.

    (It's probably for the best in my case; the colder weather would most likely drive me insane.)
     
  20. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,593
    Likes Received:
    828

    Apr 13, 2017

    I've only taught in one school, but my experience from that and hearing news across the state is that teachers really aren't well respected in this state. They're asked to teach under pretty poor conditions, and given very little support but then asked to do so much and are completely blamed for any problems the school is having. My superintendent when I first interviewed with her bragged about her high turnover and how she was "weeding out" the terrible teachers not realizing that maybe the problem is her and not all of the teachers leaving like rats in a sinking ship (in that metaphor, she is like the Captain who is purposefully remaining unaware that the ship is sinking because she keeps hitting icebergs).

    The Portland Public schools also just cut a whole bunch of positions because of lack of funding.
     
  21. yellowdaisies

    yellowdaisies Fanatic

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,657
    Likes Received:
    221

    Apr 13, 2017

    I was actually more surprised about CA being 35th than about CA being 51st for student/teacher ratio. That one actually made me laugh, in a slightly bitter, "I love having 32 fifth graders" way. As did your union negotiations comment.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. dgpiaffeteach,
  2. Nab,
  3. rpan
Total: 457 (members: 3, guests: 342, robots: 112)
test