We just got some good news today that my husband will be med boarded out of the Army. I am in my 6th year teaching in NC, 7th year total. I was planning to leave NC but then I met my husband, and I wound up getting "stuck" because he is stationed at Fort Bragg. The reason I wanted to leave here was the low pay and lack of teacher unions. I am stuck at first year teacher pay. Now that he's going to separate from the Army, we are free to go anywhere we want. We are renters and don't have kids, so the whole United States is our oyster. So, which states are the best for teachers? I am only willing to consider states with unions. I also want a good salary for the cost of living (for example--I grew up in greater Cleveland, which has great teacher salaries in the suburbs but a pretty low cost of living). We have been looking pretty hard at Florida, more specifically Orlando. Not too interested in New York state or the Washington, D.C. area because high salaries are eaten up by a high COL. Anyone have any good ideas on other cities/states we should look at? And if it matters, the plan right now is to finish this school year, as the med board will probably take at least 6 months from start to finish, and then move over the summer and start my new job next school year. If the Army really drags things out, I will move ahead of my husband to start getting our new life situated.