Hi Fellow Teachers, My husband and I are both teachers/student teachers very seriously considering moving to another state. The economy has been very cruel to teachers lately, and we would appreciate any advice or information that you could give us. We would prefer to go somewhere rural-ish in a state/area that has plenty of trees. We are currently living in Washington State, and there is more talk of budget cuts and layoffs. Neither of us has a full-time gig at the moment. I am Elementary K-8, he is high school English and Science. What is the job market like in other states, and when do districts hire? We are particularly interested in these states (although any state that's hiring sounds good, too): Vermont Mississippi Maine Alabama New York (upstate, not NYC) Pennsylvania Louisiana Massachusetts Tennessee California (northern) Kentucky Texas (the parts with trees) New Hampshire Missouri Montana West Virginia Colorado Minnesota North Carolina Wisconsin South Carolina Virginia Also, if you could tell us anything about how the state pays (state wide pay scale, by districts, merit pay, etc.) we would really appreciate it! Thank you so much for your help. P.S. If your state isn't on this list but you want to tell me about it, I would be glad to hear it!