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Re: Teachers salary in Memphis (near Memphis)

    I'm curious about why you'd want to move to Memphis? I hope
    you don't mean TN. You'd be doing yourself a great injustice.
    I drive school buses here (25 year old woman) and I've never
    known students who have such low standards. The parent's here
    are completely absent when you need them to back you up with
    there child. The principals don't do anything when you have a
    discipline problem and there's nothing to do here. Most people
    who live here want to get out. Also the job market in Memphis
    is terrible. I know so many people with degrees and most of
    them work jobs that pay just as much as I get paid. I've had
    the pleasure to driving not just in the bad communities but in
    the good ones as well and to be truthful, the best communities
    cost and on Memphis salary you have to be making a really good
    living to get into those communities. I'm really not being
    bias. There's so much injustice here it's ridiculous.
    Seriously, do a thorough amount of research befor moving here.
    You may save yourself some time, money, energy and peace of
    mind. P.S. My job has a great schedule and I get to spend time
    with my family which I love, no need for daycare or anything.
    I'm totally considering leaving for a job where I have to put
    my kids in daycare and spend a few less hours with my hubby. I
    won't though.

    On 1/15/08, B wrote:
    > On 12/27/07, Christine wrote:
    >> I'm currently teaching in NY, and am seriously considering a
    >> move to Memphis.
    >> My two biggest worries:
    >> 1- salary: Judging by the salary schedule I found on their
    >> website, I would be taking a huge salary cut, and my salary
    >> wouldn't increase much over time. Do they make salary
    >> adjustments based on graduate or in-service credits? In my
    >> district, you can boost your salary by about 1,000 each year
    >> by taking classes.
    >> I realize the cost of living is lower, but it goes wrong for
    >> me within 2-3 years.. It seems that my current salary
    >> already tops their max.
    >> 2- The 'rowdy' kids. I work in one of the worst districts in
    >> NY state now- as far as rowdy kids go, but since I've been
    >> here five years, our school has improved, and my reputation
    >> has started to precede me. My kids aren't too horrible now;
    >> but horrible is in the eye of the beholder. For example, the
    >> worst behavior at my school is fighting, theft, and bringing
    >> drugs to school. We have fights less than once a week, the
    >> drugs happen (are caught) once a month or less, theft
    >> happens all the time.
    >> What is 'rowdy' in Memphis??
    >> Anything anyone can tell me...?
    > What grade levels do you teach? I'm guessing high school. The
    > thing you most need to know about Memphis is that it is full
    > of many high crime areas. There are few Memphis City Schools
    > that are not in a low income area. If you are looking for a
    > more suburban atmosphere, apply with Shelby County Schools.
    > Let me know if you need to know areas to avoid. I lived there
    > my whole life and just moved to Georgia.
    > -B