CA Teacher interested in TN possibilities
Hello any and all with TN information. I teach 5th grade
in Compton, Ca and I love my job - but who can afford to
live here? Houses are over the 1/2 mil mark (and I'm
talking fixer-uppers) and my take home salary (gross
$5,300 monthly) is about $3,000 with pers, medical,
retirment, union, and disability. Not cutting it.My students rock each year on the state test because I
work their tushies off - "gotta" learn, "gotta" learn, but
I also "gotta" live.
I'm tenured (after 2 years) and have great administrator
evaluations (stulls). My student STAR scores speak for
themselves. Classroom management isn't an issue. My
entire class is ELL and I routinely have 33-36 students.
Questions: Tenure? Salary measured against cost-of-
living? I know TN doesn't have any state income tax and
utilities are much lower than ours (my summer bills were
over $400 - per month!). Car tags are one set fee whereas
ours are based on the value of the vehicle (about $350
each year on a new moderately priced car). We have state
tax, bi-annual smog tests/fees, traffic (just have to time
yourself right), high gas prices (right now $2.50 for
reg.) and food isn't cheap either.
My parents live in Clarksville, TN and rave about
everything but the weather...which I know, I spent my last
two years of high school there. Now, I want to know how
it is as an educator. Any info is greatly appreciated!!!