Teacher Shortage in Hawaii?

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    Yes, but the reason they have such high turnover is the unbelievably high cost of living in Hawaii. You can't afford to live in Hawaii on what they pay their teachers, so unless your spouse gets a fabulous job there, you end up living in terrible areas/neighborhoods and having to work a second job.
     
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    Yes, I agree with RainStorm. I taught in Hawaii for 4 years. I loved the school I was at for 3 years, but I made $10,000 less than I make now. And cost of living is much lower where I live now: our 2 bedroom townhouse in Hawaii was over $2,000 a month. The 3 bedroom house I used to rent here was $625 a month. Teachers either have to be married to someone with a good job or have a roommate to afford to live there. Many teachers I knew had a second job. My husband was in the military, which was the reason why I taught there.

    Also, my first school was extremely tough. I would not want to teach there again, and I believe those are the type of areas that need teachers the most.
     
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    I have had way too many people post this to my FB wall. Apparently they have never been to Hawaii. I've been there on vacation several times, and if you're in the resort areas, it's nice. That's NOT where you would be living on $35K a year. Especially when milk is like $7/gallon and gas is double what it is in the Midwest.
     
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    Teachers also get paid much more there. I lived on the military base in Hawaii, so $2100 was cheap compared to off base locations.
     
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    Right, it's all about the salary vs. the COL. That's what people don't understand about where I live. Yes, there are many cities that are more expensive, but teachers make more in those cities. I currently pay almost $1300 for a 1 bedroom. In my hometown based on a similar type of location and quality of apartment, I could find something for around $500-700 and teachers in my hometown make more than I do here!
     
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    Well, San Francisco isn't really manageable on a teacher's salary either.
     
  9. yellowdaisies

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    That's for sure. The Bay Area actually pays pretty terribly for their cost of living.

    Sometimes salaries look a lot higher than they are because of the area's COL. In most major metropolitan areas in CA, there's no way you're buying a house on a single teacher's salary.

    That said, I have heard Hawaii is exceptionally terrible for salary vs. COL.
     
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    I agree. I think teacher salary is way too low in most areas!
     
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    I made around $44,000-$45,000 as an 8th year teacher with a Master's degree in Hawaii.
     

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