Hi All, I'm hoping to find some valuable info/advice from fellow teachers here! I live in CA and teach Special Ed. I found out the last week of school that I would not have my job next year. It was my first year in the district and with the budget cuts, I was one of the first to go. I was on a temp. contract that ended the last day of school. Normally, people under these contracts get rehired if there is still a need. However, a lot of teachers are being "bumped" this year and specialists are having to return to the classrooms. That means bumping people like me. So, even though I had a great year, and did a fantastic job, I'm out of luck. I'm still kind of in a daze about losing my job and feeling a bit devastated. After struggling to find jobs in CA, I am sick and tired and want to find a place that I can have some stability and actually have hope of finding a job. There are hardly any SPED positions around in CA, and for every opening there are tons of people applying. I keep hearing that Special Ed. teachers are still needed in many states, but am not sure where?! I am interested in Texas, but have heard different things. Some say there's a huge need, but others say it's super competitive. I'm also open to other states, but feel really lost and overwhelmed right now. I'm hoping for some information on where there is a need for Special Ed. teachers. I'm single and am able to make a move at this time, for a real opportunity. However, I don't even know where/how to start! Applying for teaching jobs out of state is a daunting process when you have no idea where to start or how to go about it! I worry that Districts won't even look at my application, seeing that I'm out of state. Not sure how the interview process would work either... Sorry to be so long! Thanks in advance for any information or help!