TEXAS to Hire CALIFORNIA Teachers!! Schools & Kids, posted by Blown Away, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Now is this good news, or bad news? Thousands of California Teachers are getting their Final Layoff notices this week!
Other states woo California teachers amid wave of pink California slips - Yahoo! News (broken link)
SAN DIEGO - Precious Jackson has two years of teaching under her belt and two school teacher-of-the-year awards to show for it. She also has a pink slip.
Now Jackson is a prime target for growing school districts across the country hoping to cherry-pick from thousands of California teachers who have been warned they could be laid off because of state budget woes.Your future is in our classroom," the Fort Worth, Texas, school district says on a San Diego billboard. It plans to send recruiters to the city next month to dangle $3,000 signing bonuses. We don't have an ocean but we have a very good climate, and for a teacher's salary we're considerably more affordable than what San Diego or California is," said Clint Bond, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Independent School District. In San Diego you're throwing yourself at principals and begging them to hire you, and you maybe get an offer two days before the school year starts," said Konen, a California native. "I don't want to live that way, and I think we deserve better."
Posted by Mom2, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2009 at 8:59 pm
Texas also has small class sizes. My nephews' classes were always under 20-1 throughout K-5. My brother is substituting in a school outside of San Antonio and the staff includes teachers' assistances; P.E., Music, Science, and Art specialists, new computers in each class room, and intervention teachers. They also run before and after school programs along with interventions. The rooms are spacious and the grounds beautiful.
Posted by Pete, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm
The teachers should give Barack a call as they probably all voted for him. He is doing a great job and they will continue to vote for him and continue to lose their jobs. What a bunch of bright people. By the way, I grew up in Texas and the class sizes were no where near 20 probably 35 in an average class. That said Texas is very business friendly with low tax rates so tons of money and the people live well.
Posted by resident, a resident of another community, on Jun 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm
Class sizes are large because you grew up in Texas and the state has radically reformed its educational system in the past ten years. It has considerably more spending per pupil than CA and a better system to integrate English language learners. I currently teach in the PUSD and after layoffs I have already had interviews with several TX school district. If the school district here cannot support a position it makes sense to go somewhere else. Just making the point that not all of us are whining and blaming the community, I see the writing on the wall and I had a great year but teaching is more important to me than Pleasanton.
Posted by Lee, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 8, 2009 at 8:18 am
Pleasanton teachers going to Texas? It is sad to see this, but they have to earn a living like the rest of us! Relatives in Texas report very good schools, a lower cost of housing, not such good weather but overall a good place to raise kids!! Good luck to the teachers that have to move there. Hope to see you back here in the future!