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I am looking to relocate to Colorado, from California, and I am trying to get a feel for the teaching environment, as well as the market. From the little web research that I have done, it doesn't look promising

Can anyone please help me with a dose of what the reality is like for teachers in Colorado? For instance, how do you pay your health insurance costs? From the district information that I have looked at, your insurance costs are quite high, to say the least. How many districts are using perfomance-based, or merit pay? Coming from CA, where that idea was recently shot down by voters, it appears that several districts are using it. How do you like it? Does it destroy the collaborative environment among teaching colleagues? I thank you all for your time, and for any tips or suggestions. Thank you.
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  • dl /blockquote> Stay away from Denver Public Schools!!!!!!!!!!!! Like most urban school districts it is in meltdown mode. Our pay is low, medical benefits suck, we don't get cost of living, teacher morale is low, they are looking to close 17 ...See More
    Apr 20, 2007
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  • dog has bad ears /blockquote> I teach in Douglas County. I think we have good health insurance as for choice of plans. I do wish the district had 3 levels: employee only, employee & family are the two they currently have. I wish they would add: employee &am...See More
    Apr 14, 2007
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  • tle /blockquote> Work ethic? Is there such a thing anymore? :) I have taught in several places an it seems that the work ethic decreases by the year. The students I teach are quite poor (over half are on free or reduced lunches) and many of them se...See More
    Apr 14, 2007
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  • Jeffrey /blockquote> Thank you for posting another response. I really appreciate you taking the time to do it. I also teach English, so I will look for you on that as well. My family and I are looking at the Denver area, and I know that is pretty va...See More
    Apr 11, 2007
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  • tle /blockquote> I don't know of any class size limits. Since I am in a smaller school (approx. 400) my classes range from 12-28 or so. I also teach secondary. Again, I'm not sure what it is like in the metro areas. You are definitely rig...See More
    Apr 9, 2007
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