Palm Beach County School District

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Not bad, but it depends on your school site

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Current Employee - High School Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
Current Employee - High School Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL

I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 8 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great colleagues who are willing to collaborate and share (but this depends on your school - I have heard of schools where no one shares); for the most part, students are engaged (but again, this depends on your school); Technology is mostly available, and mostly up-to-date; at my school, the administrators don't micro-manage my content or require a lot of time-wasting lesson plans or reports.

Bottom line, this district is HUGE, so you will see the whole range of school facilities, students, administrators and parent involvement.

Cons

*Waaaaaay too many middle managers at the Taj Mahal, who have forgotten what it's like to be in a classroom with students.
*No chance for promotion unless you're willing to spend thousands of dollars getting a bogus Ed Leadership masters degree.
*Top-down management can be disastrous. If you have a district semester exam, you're screwed if you don't zoom through the scope and sequence faster than your students can learn. (Hint: last year's biology 1st semester exam.
*Training on any technology is pretty much self-instruction. At my school, the technology person doesn't even understand the technology, so no way can that person train anyone else to use it.
*6-year textbook adoption schedule means that by year 5 or 6, most of the textbooks are pretty raggedy.
*Helicopter-parent complaining means administration will cave in and side with the parent. (Obviously this depends on your school)
*Low salaries and almost non-existent raises.

Advice to Management

Provide the supplies we need to teach! Seriously, we don't get any copy paper? Administrators and curriculum specialists should be required to get back in the classroom on a regular basis so they can experience what they're requiring us to do.

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  1. excellent experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    experience is as good as education when it comes to job promotions

    Cons

    don't have any, I would still be there if not for my wife career

  2. Find the right school for you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large district so many types of schools and you can find one that fits you. Many jobs available. District attempts to stay up to date with best teaching practices and resources.

    Cons

    Pay in Florida in general is poor for teachers. Not enough funding for certain things. Health insurance is not the best. No tenure, 8 years to be vested for pension. CTA pretty much only fights for senior teachers... does not value new teachers or fight for their fair pay. For example, this year district wanted to raise minimum salary to $40,000 to attract and retain new teachers but CTA refused and insisted on fighting for experienced teachers to get raises of $3,000 or more while only raising starting salary to 39,000.

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