Hi all, I have been teaching a resource subject in private school for about five years now. I have recently decided I want to go over into the public sector for the pay/benefits which simply are not enough at the school I work at and at many other private schools. This year I completed certification requirements in two states as I live near the border. I interviewed last week at a public school and did get the offer. I asked them for a week to think about it. The school that offered me a job is a title I school with a super-high percentage of free lunch/disadvantaged students. She hired me because she said she thinks I can handle the behavior. It gets a 3/10 on the greatschools website. The school I work at now, though it is a private school, has a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds among students and can be rough. I work in the county with the highest rate of domestic violence in the state and know some kids are affected by this on a daily basis, have several students with a parent in jail, quite a few with only one parent at home (or no parent--raised by grandparents, and others who have two parents at home and who are very wealthy. It is a strange mix. At first I really struggled as I grew up in a very white, very non-diverse area where most people had two parents at home and good incomes and I didn't understand the kids or their living situations. But I have grown into it and I can honestly say I love most of them and most of them love me. But generally speaking the behavior at the school is under control and fairly reasonable. Honestly, kids that don't 'fit' often choose not to come back after a year or two, or they are expelled. We've had the occasional violent one or the one who has threatened violence, and they are kicked out immeadiately. I don't know how different the public school will be from the private with behavior, and I am on the fence about accepting the position. Overall, the benefits are much better and the pay would (net) me about $1000 more/annually and has a much better retirement plan. Currently I must supplement my income with tutoring; I would not have to do that anymore. However I am on the fence regarding the behavior I observed in the front office when I interviewed; that was only a small snapshot but it was less than good and the school seemed disorganized as well. The reviews are either very good or very bad, not many in the middle, and it has been hard to find much information on it. In addition, I would have to relocate about 100 miles south. I also don't know how public school works--will accepting a position like this lead to other jobs in other districts, or is it better to stay where I am for another year and continue to look (or see if I get offered another of the positions I have applied for; I have had some other preliminary screening interviews but those districts are not ready yet to hire and there is no guarantee I will get one). I have to tell them tomorrow and I keep waffling back and forth. Is it a better career move to stay where I am (where I have rapport with the students, they mainly like me, and it is a 'known', continuing to look and apply even if that takes on into next year or perhaps take something later this summer if offered), or to take a position at a public school in order to get your foot in the door in a state system, but know nothing about what I am walking into and not know any of the students, have less rapport, and if unhappy end up looking again anyway. Just not sure. Any thoughts or advice?