2014′s Best and Worst States for Teachers

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  1. catnfiddle

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    California ranked pretty bad for work environment.

    No real surprise. We get the least teachers per capita and one of the highest pupil to teacher ratios.

    Our classes get jam packed.
     
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    29th overall, 29th for opportunity and competition, and 24th for academic and work environment.
     
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    I was surprised at how high my current home state (Ohio) and birthplace (Pennsylvania) ranked. I remember being in education classes in PA and hearing how rough the competition for work was. Here in Ohio, I can occasionally feel the squeeze from regulations on my classroom. However, considering how much I love my work every day, it makes sense.
     
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    Wisconsin is ranked number 6. This is a joke, right? :eek:
     
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    I grew up with learning in one of the best education systems and now teach in one of the worst! :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Ohio seems to be pretty high with salaries…. cannot believe what some of the other states must be making!
     
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    Florida ranks pretty low overall, but it has some of the most dedicated teachers I have ever worked with!

    However, they are starting to drop like flies due to new testing regulations, salaries tied to scores, etc.

    The district next to my home has instituted 1000 new tests this year due to new requirements. Kindergarten will take 13 final exams.
     
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    The opportunity statistic is a joke. They should have looked at certified applicants per position.
    Michigan ranked 4th in that category. Yet there are 1000-5000 (or more) applicants per position in my area.
     
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    Wisconsin is a very different state in education depending on where you are. Some areas pay well with excellent benefits with low class sizes. Some areas don't pay well at all. They are a good example why this study can be a bit misleading as a state's educational system can vary greatly depending on the town or city. I am guessing you were expecting the rating to be lower.
     
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    My state is number 40...perhaps I should have stayed in OH, haha! Seriously though, my coworkers cannot believe it when I tell them how much teachers make in OH and how much a house costs. But then they always follow up with, "Yeah, but then you also have to live in OH..."
     
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    Kansas scored well.
    4th in academic and work environment.

    I wondered where we would fall in the rankings since the Governor yanked our due process. Our district rewrote their own language, so no change for me.
     
  14. Go Blue!

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    Maryland ranks 20th but I know teachers here make more than in most states although the cost of living can be very high especially when you get close to D.C. and Howard County.
     
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    Tell them to come visit! I'd be happy to show them how amazing our three C's are!!
     
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    Exactly. Howard County PS is one of the best school districts in nation, while Baltimore City - where I work - is not.
     
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    I agree with what readingrules said. I think it depends a lot on where you teach.
     
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    50th for us... out of.. uhmmmm 50 I reckon. Sad statement.
     
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    Worst in Academic & Work Environment ranking... What does that mean though? It's a vague category.
     
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    It's out of 51. I think DC throws it off.
     
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    :dizzy: wow.
     
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    If Virginia is top five, then the rest of y'all must deal with some straight-up wretched conditions. Yikes.
     
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    This is dead on. The lawmakers in Fla are determined to ruin our public schools. It is idiocy and criminal.
     
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    My eyeballs are now spontaneously leaving my head!!! So.....what are the consequences of some such said 13 exams failure???
     
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    This is my question as well.

    Though if CA were 48th in work environment I wouldn't be too surprised.... That's the reason I am never leaving my wonderful current school. Ever. It's a jungle out there.
     
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    It sure is ...
     
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    My state is dead last and it comes as no shock. The state is trying to dismantle public ed. This year my class size is reasonable but I don't have ANY textbooks. Nothing. Nada. I'm VERY lucky to have received my first salary increase of my career (16%) but very veteran teachers (25 years+) got pitiful 'raises' that worked out to about $5/month. It was the first raise in almost 7 years. The misleading political agendas on the radio make me want to scream.
     
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    NC is dead last,

    and I am not surprised. We don't have adequate technology, textbooks, assistants (only in K around here), our schools look like prison yards with the chain link fences surrounding them, morale is low, teachers are leaving for other states, and the list goes on....Something has to change soon in NC.
     
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    Apparently the politicians haven't gotten that far in their discussions yet.
     
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    It says Michigan teachers make the most, but I guarantee that will change soon. I will probably never make the current median salary.
     
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    I have always been concerned about this myself and is the leading reason I will not move back to Michigan to teach. At the momento it provides such a high standard of living and with the economy the way it is, I just don't see it lasting.

    I would move back there, but I see something major happening to the current salary schedule and job security in Michigan.
     
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    Everything you listed sounds like the issues we have in my district, BUT I am paid very well for the pitiful working/teaching conditions I have to deal with.

    I'm sure teachers are mostly leaving NC because of compensation/wage issues. If you are being paid well enough, you may be willing to put up with a bunch of other problems at work.
     
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    I'm STUNNED to see Pennsylvania not only ranked second, but 6th in "Opportunity & Competition." A spot in a decent school district is practically bequeathed from generation-to-generation in this state - there is no genuine opportunity.

    :confused:
     
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    51- bwahahaha!!!

    I've seen lots of studies recently that rank NC as 50 or 51 (depending on whether DC is included), and sure education in NC needs to be fixed, but it's not awful enough for me to either move out of the state or quit teaching. Yet.
     
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    I assume it is the same state?
     
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    They will probably grow up to be politicians!
     
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    I am as well, and I say that as someone who probably could have "inherited" my mother's teaching position upon her retirement had I chosen to stay in state.
     
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    Interesting...New York was #7. I'm not that surprised, judging from what I've read from people on here I'm very lucky.
     
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    Exactly. Cleveland rocks!
     

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