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I am an educator and reading specialist and live on the southern MA/ northern RI border. I have taught in both states (RI and Mass). Where I live and work, the pace of life is very fast, there is lots of materialism and snobbery, the value system is sports and money. Frankly, we hate it. We cannot be around this any longer. We are looking to move and Il is one of the places we are considering. I would love to hear from educators about your experience teaching in this state. In my district, everything (including our evaluations) is linked to test scores and common core standards. That is probably the case everywhere. However, I think it is harder to teach in some states than in others. In your state are the salaries reasonably competitive (relatively speaking)? How's the level of respect for teachers? How's the morale? Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated. thank you!
mrsd Hi, I think it depends on where you live in Illinois. The pay varies widely. As far as living in Illinois, the property taxes are higher the closer you live to Chicago, and they aren't cheap anywhere else. But, housing is much cheaper. I see what my son in NJ paid for his house, and the same house in my area (60 miles west of Chicago) would have co...See More
Apr 15, 2017

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