States with Teacher Shortages?

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  1. baloo

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    Anyone know of the top 5-10 states and or cities, regions etc. that are in need of teachers? And vice versa?
     
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    None?
     
  4. smalltowngal

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    I don't know of any state that has a real teacher shortage. I think a poster has mentioned Louisana maybe has some openings that go unfilled....
     
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    Certainly not Pennsylvania.
     
  6. Aliceacc

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    I think there are tiny little pockets-- districts that need teachers. But it's going to be slow going, one district at a time.
     
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    I hear remote pockets of Alaska have a tough time finding physics teachers. :lol:

    The best bets are probably highly mobile metropolitan areas that have to hire many new teachers each and every year. The whole Northern Virginia area is like that: lots of military and government workers, so people are constantly moving in and out, including teachers. This doesn't mean that there is a teacher shortage, but it does mean that the large districts will hire hundreds of people each year.
     
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    New Jersey is certainly not on the list. It also might be better to consider what content area - I'm sure it's harder to fill certain positions in certain areas. For example, foreign language still seems hard to fill in my area. On the otherhand, good luck finding a job in English, History, or Elementary ed.
     
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    I visited Florida state's site and they seemed to have a lot of positions (I counted at least 200 state-wide). Not sure if its legit or if the state is just posting jobs for the sake of posting jobs.

    Otherwise I have no clue.
     
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    Well...there aren't too many in MN either. I know there are some pockets in outstate areas that need certain subject area teachers.
     
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    Dubai, China & Saudi Arabia , where your uniform will be all black.
     
  12. Aliceacc

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    Apparently you misunderstood again.

    The OP is asking about American states in which there is a teacher shortage, hoping to make his or her job search a bit easier.
     
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    Milsey- what do uniforms have to do with this conversation?
     
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    And not that it's completely relevant, but I work in Abu Dhabi which is the emirate next to Dubai, and I most certainly do not wear all black.
     
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    Anyway, back to the topic:

    with the economic downturn, tens of thousands of teachers were laid off. Classes were combined, electives were dropped, and lots and lots of qualified teachers are out of work.

    So if there ever were any states in the US that needed teachers, that simply is no longer true in most places.

    Metro NYC has had an incredible glut of teachers since the Vietnam war, with the exception of Physics, Chem, and Math.
     
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    I'd heard there were some pockets in Rural ND that were in need of High School math and science teachers, but when I went to the state jobs site, I didn't see any listed.

    I think, as others have suggested, that there are small pockets in some states that have a shortage, but most states have far too many applicants for the positions they have.
     
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    The Dubai comment was funny y'all.

    But back to matters, in Texas we have way too many teachers for every subject due to budget cuts, and you definitely don't want to be here. We are even losing subs.....guess they saw their windows of oppurtunity closing...
     
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    CPS is hiring, but most postings are for self-contained upper grades special ed. Specialty languages (i.e. Bilingual - able to teach in Urdu, Gujarati, Arabic etc.) I think P.E. still might be popular too.
     
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    Oh and Library
     
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    In my area of VA it depends on your subject area. If you're certified preK-6, good luck. Even in my district-- which not even 5 years ago was dying for teachers-- it's hard to land an elementary job. Secondary ed teachers, especially in math and science, have an easier time finding a job.

    I can't speak for other regions.
     
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    Chemistry and Physics are the only two shortage areas in my district.
     
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    DC!
     
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    You're right. So many have NO sense of humor!! (LOL!!!)
     
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    We all have our shortcomings. I'll work on mine if....
     
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    Maybe it would be funny if the same person wasn't constantly making offhand comments.
     
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    My sense of humour is consistently listed as one of my strengths. I don't, however, find intolerance funny.
     
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    My state, PA, is definitely NOT short on teachers. However, I received over 20 interviews for special education positions (but was not hired this year :(). I had a strong application packet and multiple certifications (but not enough experience and getting-slowly-better interview skills), so I was often put through the application process. I think applicants just need something to put them apart from the dime-a-dozen el-ed/sped cert - whichever way works for you and them is great!
     
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    All of this breaks my heart for the young people wanting to go in to teaching - freshmen in college with dreams and hopes! Looking at this thread, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of hope for teaching jobs in the future. Very sad!
     
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    You might want to look in rural areas of states. I think most people look to be closer to metro regions.
     
  30. Aliceacc

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    The future may be a bit different.

    This has been an exceptionally bad year for teachers in many parts of the country because of the economy. (Some areas, like metro NYC, have ALWAYS been bad for anything but math, Chem and Physics.) But cutbacks in state aid have left many districts simply unable to pay for teachers.

    But freshmen in college still have 4 years for things to turn around. A lot can happen in 4 years. Should the economy recover, those jobs should open up. And should the Stock Market recover, there may be some older teachers who find they have the money they need to retire.
     
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    Hmmmm.....Really??

    You come off as mighty stiff to me!
     
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    I live in the rocky mountains and jobs are much easier to come by here than other places. However, the cost of living is four times that of the national average, while salaries are lower than the national average. I haven't looked this up so not sure if it's true- but one of my coworkers mentioned that our state is 49th in the averages of how well teachers are paid. Most people don't stay here long, which is why jobs tend to open up. For example, if a teacher wants to own a home, they won't be able to stay here. The absolute cheapest homes are close to a million dollars. Even small 2-bedroom condos go for upwards of 500,000, and as I said before our salary certainly does not reflect that cost of living. Most people end up staying for a few years and then moving closer to a city where things are cheaper. My district always has openings. I don't plan on staying up here too much longer myself- it's incredibly expensive, the people that do live here are OBSESSED with the outdoors and crazy extreme sports and I'm not an outdoorsy person, and we have a harsh winter 8-9 months out of the year. However, I figured I had to start somewhere, and my teaching experience has been good here. People that stayed in my home state have not been able to find jobs, even after 2-3 years of looking. Now if only I could relocate my school to a more desirable location!
     
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    Hopefully things will turn around. I know Indiana had a few openings, but one of the schools just recently was threatened with a state takeover due to poor student performance.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    Mrs. C?????
    Time for a reality check-- have you read any of her other posts???

    Mrs. C consistently offers concrete help to the young teachers here. Her optimism is tempered with reality-- she doesn't just tell them it will get better, she offers concrete coping strategies to ensure it.

    Her love for her profession and the kids she touches shine through, as does her capability. Her school is smart enough to know how lucky they are to have Mrs. C, and most of this board appreciates her as well.

    I'm praying that my kids get teachers like Mrs. C.

    But I do like your sense of humor. You gave me a good laugh.

    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I've been called a lot of things in my life, but that's a first! :lol::lol:
     
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    Mrs C, I like you. I think you're funny. That's all that matters. lol

    My area was building at least 4 new schools a year during the time I was in college. The year before I got out, they stopped because the construction jobs ceased and the migrant workers left....taking with them a HUGE number of students and an even larger amount of grant funds.

    Many of us have moved to other states to get jobs in more rural areas.
    I don't think any one state has a major shortage. It's just certain districts.
     
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    None. 0-0. It is pretty difficult across the country right now. :(
     
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    There is no doubt. However, if I was a freshmen in college, I am not sure that I would want to take that gamble.
     
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    Well, Charlotte NC laid off several hundred teachers earlier this year and since they've recently figured out their budget, they are scrambling to find 100+ teachers and I believe school starts next week for them. I know other districts in the U.S. that are in the same boat.
     

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