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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 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 right in assuming there is little union power.
We have a union but I don't think ...See More
Apr 9, 2007
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 vague, but we have looked
at Arvada, Erie, Highlands Ranch, and a couple others I c...See More
Apr 11, 2007
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 seem to think that working at McDonald's is
more important than getting an educa...See More
Apr 14, 2007
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 & spouse. Married pays the same as married with 1-
unlimited number of kids. O...See More
Apr 14, 2007
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
schools, our union is weak, the district refuses to purchase
books and material...See More
Apr 20, 2007


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