CA Teacher interested in TN possibilities
Interested in TN

    Hello any and all with TN information. I teach 5th grade
    in Compton, Ca and I love my job - but who can afford to
    live here? Houses are over the 1/2 mil mark (and I'm
    talking fixer-uppers) and my take home salary (gross
    $5,300 monthly) is about $3,000 with pers, medical,
    retirment, union, and disability. Not cutting it.My students rock each year on the state test because I
    work their tushies off - "gotta" learn, "gotta" learn, but
    I also "gotta" live.

    I'm tenured (after 2 years) and have great administrator
    evaluations (stulls). My student STAR scores speak for
    themselves. Classroom management isn't an issue. My
    entire class is ELL and I routinely have 33-36 students.

    Questions: Tenure? Salary measured against cost-of-
    living? I know TN doesn't have any state income tax and
    utilities are much lower than ours (my summer bills were
    over $400 - per month!). Car tags are one set fee whereas
    ours are based on the value of the vehicle (about $350
    each year on a new moderately priced car). We have state
    tax, bi-annual smog tests/fees, traffic (just have to time
    yourself right), high gas prices (right now $2.50 for
    reg.) and food isn't cheap either.

    My parents live in Clarksville, TN and rave about
    everything but the weather...which I know, I spent my last
    two years of high school there. Now, I want to know how
    it is as an educator. Any info is greatly appreciated!!!