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Old 11-12-2005, 10:33 PM
 
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Does anyone know what the job market for elementary teachers is like in the greater Portland, Oregon area? I read about budget problems in recent years. Aside from regular elementary grade jobs does Oregon also employ reading specialists? Thanks for any insight!!!!


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You are right - there are serious budget problems here in Oregon with the public schools.

I moved to Portland from Chicago with a master's degree and 2 years of inner city teaching experience. I think I contacted 6 or 7 districts in the Portland metro area and didn't get an interview from a single one.

It does seem like there are more openings available in "special ed related" teaching positions. I can't speak specifically about Reading Specialists.

I don't live in Portland anymore, I live in Central Oregon now, but as an example of the job market where I live - I put my name on the sub list in my district and was told there are more than 400 active names for subs in our district! I have also heard that it has been 3 or 4 years since they have hired for any newly created classroom positions (and this is a town that grows in population by about 15% a year).
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I moved there a couple of years ago and Portland wouldn't put me on a sub list. There were major cuts and they reduced the number of days students were going to attend. I ended up living and subbing on the Vancouver, WA side. I registered with a couple of districts and stayed busy. The good thing about living on the WA side is you pay no state income tax and can shop in Portland with no sales tax. I moved after only one year. It's not a good economy. Good luck!
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