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I have been teaching for 12 years now and am fed up with the district I currently teach in. I am applying for jobs and am wondering if my experience may be a negative b/c of all the budget problems. I am also competing with much younger teachers. Should I be worried?


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Old 03-09-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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I know the district we live in has a policy now to only hire first year teachers because of budget issues. Yes, your experience could hinder you.
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I moved a year and a half ago. Experience helped me; I think it depends on the district you are looking in.
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You may be o.k.
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but I do agree with sevenplus on what is happening with hiring in a lot of places.

I have experience and know that it isn't helping me one bit. My state is in serious financial difficulties and, of course, the schools are, too.

Even though we all know that to hire only first year teachers is great for the bottom line, it's best for a district to have a mix of all kinds of teachers.
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Totally depends on the district and their hiring policies. The districts around here that serve higher income areas (the "nice" suburbs) hire only experienced teachers, some of them even state that they want a minimum of 2 years experience. They don't hire brand new teachers at all. Those schools are more supported by tax bond measures and aren't as desperate money-wise.

The schools that serve lower income populations around here (inner city type schools) do seem to prefer hiring new teachers because they are cheaper.

So, I would say it depends.


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I agree with the previous posters that it depends. I've been told by several principals I interviewed with that they loved me but chose someone else who was "more experienced." But then again I know a lot of people who were hired as first year teachers right out of college. The district that I sub in currently hires teachers with a variety of experience, including first year teachers, so I'm hoping to just get lucky soon.
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