As far as location- I think I'd love it. I won't go on and on, but it essentially has everything I'm looking for as far as relocating. Warm, beach, lots of cities- close enough to reasonably fly home (west coast is just too far for me- plus I have to admit I think I'm more of an east coast person). However, I've always heard really bad things about their educational system. Even now when I tell people I'm thinking of looking in FL next year, they all give me a shocked look and proceed to tell me how "screwed up" the schools are there. I admittedly don't know much about specific cities and where the better schools might be, so I had posted on a city forum asking if there were any other teachers there. I got a bunch of responses back and even some PMs telling me "all the good teachers are leaving because they're being treated so badly by the school board, pay is terrible, no respect," etc. Many of these were from people who aren't even teachers themselves, and when the general public knows how bad things really are for teachers that makes me worried. I feel like a lot of the concerns they shared were true for Colorado (where I currently teach) as well. -Merit pay (we also have it, it is based on test scores, and we don't have funding to actually pay people for merit either) -No tenure -Low salary (I believe CO is actually 49th or 50th for teacher pay, and FL is a much cheaper place to live- so really I feel I have nowhere to go but up). -Mistreatment/lack of respect- I feel like these days any teacher would say that. Is there something especially bad about being in FL? Am I totally crazy for wanting to look there? For anyone that lives there, are there better places/cities within the state to look in? How realistic would it be for me to get a job as a special education teacher there?