That being said, I know I shouldn't obsess about the financial supports in place district-wide, but it's honestly hard NOT to react to after you've student taught in an urban district and an international school, both of which had limited resources for different reasons. Here, there's not only an additional town educator's union in place that functions separately from our state educator's association, but property taxes a la 90210, and slew of local benefactors - which means that the money that flows into our schools and into grants for teachers and students is mind-boggling...and it honestly fills my heart with educational promise. I guess the funding shouldn't be too surprising when the average home runs about $1 million and the average household income is about $125k. Intimidating much? (See: actual homes from the district above & on left....yes, we can gawk together.)
Ok, I know it's early, but I kinda feel like I've died and gone to public teacher heaven.
* See: note about photos of beautiful homes in above blogpost entitled "Go Big or Go Home".