US state now lets any resident challenge what's taught in schools


If you live in Florida and aren't happy with what's being taught in your local schools, you're in luck.

A new law now lets anyone challenge teaching and reading material used in public schools.

Originally, the law only allowed parents to file a complaint. Now that privilege has been extended to all residents.

Material can be challenged on three different grounds: It's somehow pornographic; it's inappropriate for the grade level; or it "is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented."

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By Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

In the past year, there's been so much talk about job loss, high unemployment rates, lack of jobs and employment declines that it's been hard to focus on anything else. It's important to realize, however, that while the recession undoubtedly has a negative effect on the job market, it also provides a few select industries with opportunities for growth.

One of these industries is education. In January 2009, private education was one of two industries that saw job growth, adding 33,000 jobs while every other industry cited job loss, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're looking for a career in education, here are 10 jobs to consider, along with their projected employment growth and mean annual wages, according to the BLS.


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Adult literacy, remedial education, and GED teachers and instructors teach courses to children and adults in literacy, English as a second language, and in preparation for the General Education Development test.

2006 employment: 76,000
Projected 2016 employment: 87,000
Mean annual wage: $47,830


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Cafeteria Worker make large quantities of food for school breakfast, lunch and after-school programs.

2006 employment: 401,000
Projected 2016 employment: 445,000
Mean annual wage: $22,340



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Cafeteria Worker make large quantities of food for school breakfast, lunch and after-school programs.

2006 employment: 401,000
Projected 2016 employment: 445,000
Mean annual wage: $22,340



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Coaches instruct groups and individuals about the fundamentals of sports; many coaches also work as teachers in the schools where they coach.


2006 employment: 217,000
Projected 2016 employment: 249,000
Mean annual wage: $34,720



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Education Administrators (preschool and child-care centers) are in charge of academic and nonacademic activities for young children in preschool and daycare centers and programs.

2006 employment: 56,000
Projected 2016 employment: 69,000
Mean annual wage: $44,430



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Janitors and cleaners keep schools spotless by cleaning all areas of the premises, from the gymnasium to individual classrooms. They may also perform maintenance repairs.

2006 employment: 2,387,000
Projected 2016 employment: 2,732,000
Mean annual wage: $22,710



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Janitors and cleaners keep schools spotless by cleaning all areas of the premises, from the gymnasium to individual classrooms. They may also perform maintenance repairs.

2006 employment: 2,387,000
Projected 2016 employment: 2,732,000
Mean annual wage: $22,710



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Post-secondary educators are usually comprised of college and university faculty. They work in different academic departments or fields and usually teach several different classes related to their specialties.

2006 employment: 1,672,000
Projected 2016 employment: 2,054,000
Mean annual wage: $56,120




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School bus drivers take students to and from school, picking them up and dropping them off at different stops around their neighborhoods.

2006 employment: 455,000
Projected 2016 employment: 497,000
Mean annual wage: $26,190



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School counselors work with students and faculty in many capacities. They might counsel students on social, personal or behavioral issues; high school counselors might also advise students on choosing a major or a college's admission requirements.

2006 employment: 260,000
Projected 2016 employment: 292,000
Mean annual wage: $51,690


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Self-enrichment teachers instruct nonacademic courses that you might take in your free time, such as cooking or knitting. Classes might also include self-improvement courses.

2006 employment: 261,000
Projected 2016 employment: 322,000
Mean annual wage: $39,600



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Special education teachers teach educationally and physically handicapped students basic academic and life processes skills.

2006 employment: 219,000
Projected 2016 employment: 262,000
Mean annual wage: Salaries vary from$51,230 to $53,020, depending on the level you teach.


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Critics of the law worry it will enable climate change deniers and creationists to challenge the established science curriculum.

Schools will be required to hire an "unbiased and qualified hearing officer" to review complaints and decide whether or not to remove the material.


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