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    Re: to union to CJ in NJ /Stimulus $ running out 2012
    Ex FLTeacher

    That is why I headed to Wash DC area where many jobs can be found in this
    recession!

    Gov. Scott is cutting 3.3 billion in FL education and stimulus $ is running
    out in 2012.

    I better think of a new profession at 40!

    On 2/07/11, CJ wrote:
    >
    > My friend, a comparison to GA is nothing to be proud of.
    >
    >
    > On 2/07/11, Ex FL Teacher wrote:
    >>
    >> You can sub in Miami Dade and if long term sub get health benefits!
    >>
    >> Also Fl teachers are feeling squeeze with the new Rep. Governor Scorr
    >> who wants to take tenure away.
    >>
    >> FL still got unions, Georgia does not.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> On 2/06/11, CJ wrote:
    >>> FL has always been known as a hellhole for teaching. I'm surprised they
    >>> even have teachers there. I'd keep subbing before taking a job there.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> On 2/05/11, MD Teacher wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> I am not sure about jobs at Garrett County, it is pretty there!
    >>>>
    >>>> I know that Washington County has a great web site and the city is
    >>>> Hagerstown MD from the car show on tv.
    >>>>
    >>>> Be aware that the stimulus $ is running out, I used to live in FL
    >>>> and look what I just got below from the 4th largest school system
    >>>> in the US (Miami-Dade County PS):
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> `Draconian' cuts expected for school districts unless shortfall is
    >>>> filled
    >>>> .With stimulus money running out, the financial picture looks
    >>>> bleak for the Miami-Dade, Broward school districts -- unless the
    >>>> state steps up.
    >>>> Related Content
    >>>> Prepaid tuition: the good, the bad, the confusing BY KATHLEEN
    >>>> McGRORY
    >>>> kmcgrory@MiamiHerald.com
    >>>> You thought this school year was bad?
    >>>>
    >>>> With the federal stimulus dollars set to run out in June, next
    >>>> year has the potential to be a lot worse, Miami-Dade
    >>>> Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``This will be a different school system,'' he said.
    >>>>
    >>>> That is, unless state lawmakers fill the funding gap.
    >>>>
    >>>> Gov. Rick Scott hasn't released his budget recommendations yet and
    >>>> state legislators won't crunch the numbers until March.
    >>>>
    >>>> But state economists say Florida is facing a $3.65 billion revenue
    >>>> shortfall, a figure almost certain to spell bad news for public
    >>>> schools.
    >>>>
    >>>> If the state doesn't come up with the money when the federal
    >>>> stimulus dollars sunset, expect ``draconian cuts,'' Carvalho told
    >>>> school board members in a budget workshop this week.
    >>>>
    >>>> Although the schools chief wouldn't elaborate, it's all but
    >>>> certain jobs and programs would be in jeopardy.
    >>>>
    >>>> Carvalho is not alone in worrying about the upcoming year.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``I think if all the financial predictions come true, we are going
    >>>> to be in extreme dire straits,'' said Broward schools chief James
    >>>> Notter. ``There could be possible program cuts and personnel
    >>>> reductions.''
    >>>>
    >>>> In Miami-Dade alone, stimulus funds account for $121 million of
    >>>> the school system's $4.3 billion budget.
    >>>>
    >>>> They fund 700 guidance counselors, 350 media specialists, 900
    >>>> special education teacher aides and five adult schools.
    >>>>
    >>>> The state, which has used federal funds instead of its own
    >>>> funding, has a responsibility to make up the dollars, Carvalho
    >>>> said.
    >>>>
    >>>> For now, Carvalho said, there is no talk of reducing teacher
    >>>> salaries. But Carvalho said he will continue to scale back the
    >>>> size of the central administration, assigning some administrators
    >>>> to classroom posts.
    >>>>
    >>>> Maintenance will also be hard hit -- a concern, given the school
    >>>> system's aging facilities.
    >>>>
    >>>> Next year, the school system has budgeted $325 million for
    >>>> maintenance projects and new construction, said Chief Facilities
    >>>> Officer Jaime Torrens. Current maintenance needs already exceed
    >>>> $1.7 billion.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``We'll be doing emergency-type repairs,'' Torrens said. ``But any
    >>>> type of routine maintenance or preventive maintenance will have to
    >>>> be deferred and may not be able to be done.''
    >>>>
    >>>> That means air conditioners might not be fixed, school yards might
    >>>> not be drained and playgrounds and fences might not be installed.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``The classroom environment, undoubtedly, will degrade further,''
    >>>> Torrens said.
    >>>>
    >>>> Carvalho said some layoffs in the facilities department would be
    >>>> necessary.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``I want to, as much as possible, protect the people who carry and
    >>>> use a tool every single day,'' Carvalho said. ``But we will see,
    >>>> beginning with construction management and leadership, significant
    >>>> reductions in the pipeline. It is unavoidable.''
    >>>>
    >>>> The bleak maintenance outlook gave board members pause.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``Maintenance is critical,'' Vice Chairman Larry Feldman said.
    >>>> ``We have a responsibility to ensure that our schools are safe and
    >>>> quality facilities.''
    >>>>
    >>>> Miami-Dade, for its part, has figured out a way to cover its
    >>>> rising costs -- and the budget gap expected to result from
    >>>> tumbling tax rolls -- without endangering the jobs of employees
    >>>> who work in schools, Carvalho said.
    >>>>
    >>>> He pointed out that the school system also has $76.9 million in
    >>>> its rainy-day fund, accounting for about 3 percent of its
    >>>> operating budget.
    >>>>
    >>>> But schools administrators remain concerned about how much funding
    >>>> the district will receive from the state. Last year, lawmakers
    >>>> agreed to allocate $3,623.76 per student, more than $500 less than
    >>>> it provided in 2007-08.
    >>>>
    >>>> Carvalho is not proposing local cuts until the state numbers come
    >>>> out.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``I'm not going to venture into fixing the state deficit,''
    >>>> Carvalho said. ``We've already fixed our own budget.''
    >>>>
    >>>> Moving forward, board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla suggested
    >>>> the school board slash administrative salaries in a show of good
    >>>> faith to Tallahassee.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``We need to demonstrate to the Legislature that we are serious
    >>>> about continuing to cut administrative costs,'' he said.
    >>>>
    >>>> Diaz de la Portilla would like to see the district make the salary
    >>>> cuts before the legislative session begins in March.
    >>>>
    >>>> Employees who work in schools would not be subject to the action,
    >>>> he said.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``It is not fair to go and ask the state for more money when they
    >>>> have less,'' he said.
    >>>>
    >>>> Feldman, the board vice chairman, was cautiously optimistic.
    >>>>
    >>>> ``If we continue to work collegially, I think we can survive
    >>>> without having to hurt programs and people who are close to our
    >>>> kids,'' he said.
    >>>>
    >>>> But, he added, ``we may have our hands tied.''
    >>>>
    >>>> Miami Herald reporter Carli Teproff contributed to this report.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/01/30/2042735/draconian-
    >>>> cuts-expected-unless.html#ixzz1D9CQ3U7o
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> On 2/04/11, CJ wrote:
    >>>>> HI,
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Yes..I was certified in PA and I know a lot do that. Despite
    >>>>> being a PA grad, I've had interviews in NJ,MD,VA....but never had
    >>>>> even an interview in PA where I went to college....the state is a
    >>>>> giant teacher factory. Frederick county doesn't seem to pay
    >>>>> appropriate to the cost of living....however all of the other MD
    >>>>> Counties seem to be appropriate for their respective regions. My
    >>>>> personal favorites are Howard (like everybody), Baltimore County,
    >>>>> Calvert County, and Anne Arundel...though I like others too. I'm
    >>>>> thinking of checking out Garret and Washington in more
    >>>>> detail...not sure that would be the right fit for me. In VA I
    >>>>> like the NOVA counties as my top choice, then Chesapeake, VA
    >>>>> Beach, York County, and possibly Albemarle. Pay scale scares me
    >>>>> in non NOVA places though.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> On 2/04/11, MD Teacher wrote:
    >>>>>> hello! I know some have frozen pay such as Frederick and
    >>>>>> maybe Carroll. (see the net on pay raises).
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> I would check the largest, Montgomery, and Baltimore
    >>>>>> County and City, and for a mountain view Washington
    >>>>>> Co.Alos one alert, the competition will be from PA
    >>>>>> teachers coming to MD and returning to their shack in PA.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> On 2/04/11, CJ wrote:
    >>>>>>> HI..I do like MD quite a bit and will definitely be at
    >>>>>>> the MERC job fair again
    >>>>>>> this year. It's a cattle call, but I did get 1
    >>>>>>> screening interview there last year..however I think
    >>>>>>> that county didn't have any band openings that year.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> On 2/03/11, MD Teacher wrote:
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Hello! I would look in the April 2st fair in
    >>>>>>>> Baltimore MD where all counties will be present, so
    >>>>>>>> go online at MERK and regiter.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Date: Friday, April 1, 2011. Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00
    >>>>>>>> p.m.. Place: Sheraton Baltimore City Hotel 101 West
    >>>>>>>> Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21201 ...
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> I would look into Fairfax County in Northern Virginia
    >>>>>>>> and Arlington County for VA.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> You can always get paid less in WV where health
    >>>>>>>> insurance and pensions are better than MD and houses
    >>>>>>>> cost way less too.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> You decide!
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> On 2/03/11, CJ wrote:
    >>>>>>>>> NC I'm on the fence...can't decide yet...definitely
    >>>>>>>>> not my preferred choice. I'm not sure if I could
    >>>>>>>>> live independently on their salary. FL and GA I'm
    >>>>>>>>> not that desperate. I don't know how FL and GA hold
    >>>>>>>>> on to teachers at all. Numerous people have told me
    >>>>>>>>> to avoid GA schools. It amuses me when lousy places
    >>>>>>>>> come up here for job fairs and harass you to apply.
    >>>>>>>>> It's like...come on...do you seriously not know why
    >>>>>>>>> you're having trouble recruiting? I'd rather keep
    >>>>>>>>> subbing then take a job in FL,GA, or Charleston SC.
    >>>>>>>>> Of course now with the economy.....nobody's hurting
    >>>>>>>>> for teachers.
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>> On 2/03/11, Pro Union wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>> Hey CJ, NC teachers may get a paycut and bad
    >>>>>>>>>> conditions in GA. Even pay cut in Central FL
    >>>>>>>>>> )POLK County.
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> Still if VA want to screw you they can unlike WV,
    >>>>>>>>>> MD, PA, NY etc which are states that you can
    >>>>>>>>>> county the union is on your side!
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>> On 2/02/11, CJ wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>> I do prefer MD if I have a choice..but beggars
    >>>>>>>>>>> can't be choosy! VA and especially NOVA isn't
    >>>>>>>>>>> bad though....and VA is the only non-union
    >>>>>>>>>>> state I'd work in. They don't seem to screw
    >>>>>>>>>>> teachers as bad there compared to some other
    >>>>>>>>>>> southern states.
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>> On 2/02/11, Loudoun Sucks wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> It is disorganized!
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> I would consider going to Maryland if I where
    >>>>>>>>>>>> you where salaries are better and Union can
    >>>>>>>>>>>> protect you! Why stress yourself in this
    >>>>>>>>>>>> cavalier state?
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> Alex (lives in VA and drives to MD)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>> On 2/02/11, CJ wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> Maybe I just missed it earlier..but did
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> Loudoun County just put out last minute
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> notice about a job fair? Looks like they
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> put it up somewhere on jan 27, and I just
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> got an email about it today from
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> teachers-teachers. Anybody know why they're
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> doing it so last minute? I would have loved
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> to go, but can't because it's too last
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> minute to plan!