With this school year coming to a close, I reflect on what has been a pretty harsh (educationally) year and what lies ahead.
So, most of us are affected negatively by the economy. Here in AZ it is really bad - and twice as bad if you are in education. Anything that happens in education hits us twice as hard as my wife and I are both teachers in the same district.
Well, we are going into our 3rd and 5th years respectively as teachers in this district...and we are facing yet another pay cut. We've been in a pay freeze for the past 2 years and now this. Added to this is an increase to our health insurance that we have to cover. Not happy - at all!
So, the question is: Do we stay here and wait it out or do we move on to states with better economies and better educational systems?
I've looked at other states - states like Florida (most counties pay FULL benefits) and North Carolina and Tennessee (min of 75% of benefits are payed by employer) Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia - just wondering what the best thing to do would be. For me personally, I have NO problem moving...my entire family lives back in MI and I already only see them once a year (if I'm lucky) - so moving back east is tantalizing because of proximity. Not so with the wife - hers is now all here. She's not against moving, but it would be much harder on her.
Alas, nothing will happen this year - it's much too late for that now. There is an election on Tuesday that will once again determine if we need to cut more out of our already depleted budget - that could factor in our decision to move or stay as well. Overall, it saddens me to see my "new contract" and realize that I make less now than I did in my 2nd year of teaching with a BA (I have a MA and 6 years in AZ).
Perhaps some advice from the "faces in the crowd" who visit my blog will give us comfort and ideas to ponder...
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