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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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  • tle /blockquote> I teach in a small town (not the metro areas) so my experience isn't the norm. The teaching environment in my area is alright, though by far not the best system I have taught in. I was certified in California (and a product of...See More
    Apr 4, 2007
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  • Jeffrey /blockquote> Thank you very much for taking the time to get back to me. I really appreciate the "real world" feedback. I looked at a bargaining agreement contract from a district (I can't remember which one), and the evaluation...See More
    Apr 4, 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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  • 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> 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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