Teaching in another state? First of all, hi again! I usually only post in the summer, but I've been lurking around here lately because of all of the budget issues many states are experiencing right now. I really and truly love the school where I work, but since I'm on a probationary contract, and we need to trim a few million from our budget, my job is possibly on the chopping block for next school year. I won't be on a term contract until the 2013-2014 school year, so I have a few more years until I'm "safe." If it weren't for money, I would have no fears of being let go. The admin respects me, I was rated the highest possible on my formal evaluation, and I feel like I'm doing a great job. If I had my way, I would stay at this school in this community forever because I love it so much and things are going so well. I definitely do not want to leave. However, the economic situation being what it is, and my having a type-A, gotta plan ahead personality, I am constantly thinking about the "what ifs" of my situation. My boyfriend has a good job, but his company is becoming less and less stable by the day. We are currently in Texas, but he has some job prospects in Oklahoma and Arkansas. I've done some research on the school districts in the areas (greater Tulsa area and northwest Arkansas), and those areas seem like they're doing fine, budget wise. Without being in the thick of it, though, it's hard to actually know what's going on. So what I'm looking for is: 1. Does anyone have any info, good or bad, about the public schools in these areas? They don't seem to be making cuts now, but do you think it's on the horizon? 2. What's it like to get a teaching credential in another state? I'm fully certified in Texas, but I don't know how the reciprocity works or how long it takes to get approved. 3. I've paid into TRS (Texas) for two years now. What happens to my contributions if I teach in another state? 4. The sixth grade standards in both OK and AR are much more advanced than TX. Evertyhing I've taught my sixth graders this year is on the fifth grade scope and sequence for a particular OK district. What's up with that? My boyfriend has been wanting to move back to Arkansas for a long time, but I was resistant because I wanted to work in my current district for at least a couple of years. Now that I'm afraid that the budget cuts will leave me in danger of being non renewed each year, though, I'm willing to consider it.