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teacher moving from Orlando to Georgia?

I teach in Orlando and I am unhappy with how the cost of living here has gone up, almost as high as living in Miami. And of course, teacher salaries are not keeping up. My husband has talked about moving to Georgia, but I don't think I would "fit" in with the southern lifestyle, especially coming from a minority background (hispanic). Orlando has a lot of variety and I don't feel out of place though. I don't want to be in a rural area at all, neither in a big city. I like the "burbs" with action. I know GA has state taxes, but I also know I can find cheaper nice housing there. How are the salaries comparable? Cost of living? What are the best counties for school and living? just to add to the taxes issues: although FL doesn't have state taxes, we are paying hefty property taxes on top of raised homeowners and car insurances because of the storms. I paid $4K in property taxes last year! My "out of place issues" come from having experienced this feeling when I was in Baltimore doing my BA. Since I wasn't either Anglo nor African American, people treated me like if I was an illegal alien (not if you are from PR!), and when I spoke Spanish for example at some stores, that's when any kind of customer service stopped. I know I will find close minded and ignorant people in many places, but I want to find a place that is culturally diverse.

Asked By: lasm97 - 6/22/2007
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I moved from New York to Georiga 14 years ago. I teach high school in Northwest Georgia... More
Answered By: ruth_bader_ginsburg - 6/22/2007
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I live in southeast GA and have taught here for 27 years. I teach in a school that is 80% free lunch and is comprised of 60% African Americans, maybe 20% Hispanic, and 40 Caucasian. Your concern over minority backgrounds is groundless. It's a nonissue where I teach, and I teach in a rural area... More
Answered By: batgirl2good - 6/22/2007
 
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