I'm posting this here instead of on "job seekers" or "new teachers" because I'm looking for the perspective of teachers that have been on the job for awhile. I posted a topic asking 30+ minute commuters why they commuted to get to work. A lot of them mentioned that they wanted to commute because the school is worth it - it's better than the closer ones, etc. I'm wondering how they/you knew that in advance. How can you truly know about a school's inner politics before you work there? Unless you hear it from a friend, or if there are a lot of articles in the paper, etc. The only teacher friends I have work at the city district. I have to take a job in the surrounding counties because there are no jobs left in district. Short of wandering around the schools, I don't know how to find out if it's a choice school or not.