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Baby sitter for $180/day 7hrs

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Very exhausting job. You are a baby sitter for $180/day 7hrs, paid for 6hrs, with the 30 day emergency sub credential after taxes and union dues. It can be rewarding if you look at it positively although that is hard 9 out of 10 days. You get benefits after working 100 days in a school year, which I never did. Your job is to take role, tell them to do the assignment but not enforce it as many schools have rough kids from the inner city.(as they can become aggressive) You can only do 1. Elementary OR 2. Middle School and High School they don’t allow you to be called for both. The sub system for picking up jobs is one of the oldest in the country, automated robo call. California is 48 out of 50 in school funding so that will tell you something. Bring a coat most classrooms are pretty cold. You don’t have a boss which is great and an incentive for many like me. Still can’t decide if waiting tables is more exhausting or not.
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Substitute Teacher

This is one of the worst places I've ever had the misfortune to work in. I've been an educator for over 10 years and somehow I can't seem to do anything right at this place and it hasn't even been one. The children are awful and overly sensitive, their parents are ridiculously entitled, and administrators do nothing but pander to them. LAUSD is proof that public education is awful and doesn't work. I'm so miserable that I have to work here for at least another 4 years.


I have nothing good to say this is the best of a bad situation


Bad pay, rude staff, awful kids, mean parents, and useless administrators
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  • Ability to learn new things
  • Clear sense of purpose

Rigid , controlling

In the twenty years working @ LAUSD, I have never as a “ sub” felt like a part of the learning team. I wanted to be a part of a team because the students needed continuity. Substitute/ Guess Teachers’) were treated as less than by staff/students , when that happens everybody loses. Each one of us has a college degree. Many of us have graduate degrees, but still we get no respect from anyone. It was time to release myself from this environment. I deserve so much more!
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Challenging & Rewarding…Does not pay what it should.

Pro: Overall working as a Substitute is a rewarding and challenging career. I loved the teachers and students at the schools I worked at. I also enjoyed growing as an educator.Con: Short Staffed/ High Demand for one to do way more then a normal substitute without compensation. Subs are seen as less then by the district and it is made known.
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Lausd is a good place to work

Each school has its own culture (way of life) in doing things. The principals, for the most part, are nice. The staff is like any school district. I find as an African American substitute, I face microinvalidations and microaggressions, however; it is the United States of America so it is par for the course. The rate of pay could be higher, however making approximately $210/day is not bad. My commutes are amazing, and I love the interactions I have with the locals. If you work 100 days (600 hours) per year, you will receive health benefits in which the District pays 100%!!I enjoy my time and I think applying and working at LAUSD is worth it.
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A huge district comes with cons but it has its pros.

It is evident that resources need to be disbursed for effectively. Students in low-income areas have less opportunities. Love the kiddos though. Special education has a lot of support but too many kids are qualifying demonstrating the need for effective universal interventions, which needs support at the district-level.


Good pay


Limited breaks, disorganization
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teaching position

The work environment was ok when all was well, but when problems arose it was a different story. If you have a thick skin dealing with parents complaints, personnel and students with lots of emotional problems, then this is the job for you.
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Ups & Downs

The kids make the work worth it...that's what I kept telling myself and what kept me going. Also, most of the teachers I encountered were AMAZING!!!!!
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Wrongfully denied benefits

I worked as a substitute teacher. The job was flexible and the pay was good, but work is not consistent and the company does not care about you the least bit. It's a hassle just to contact someone on payroll or asking for tech support for your e-mail. Worst of all, they lie about your benefits. A substitute can get benefits after working 600 hours. I worked over 700 hours and they still denied my right to their health care plan. I am currently suing them and will see them in court.The kids are great 95% of the time. Teachers usually leave a lesson plan for you unless they call in sick. That's all I can say on the good side.




Greedy, liars, manipulators
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Who really cares what or if the children are learning?

NOT LAUSD ADMINISTRATORS!! I love teaching. I love the students. ALL of the students. No child should ever be left behind! That’s totally NOT a joke!!


The students and dedicated teachers.


The administrators.
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Decent hourly rate with flexible part time schedule (substitute teacher)

(Pre pandemic) Substitute teaching was a decent/flexible part time job. The only con was that it was hard to pick up enough work unless you're an established substitute teacher. (Would perhaps get only a day here and there).
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An ever changing but supportive environment

I feel supported as a sub and if I have any questions, I'm easily able to clarify anything with the permanent teacher or office staff of the particular class/school I am subbing for. You need great class management, leadership and time management skills to do a good job as a sub.


can choose your call area/grade level, flexibility


not stable
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Excellent Pay

I enjoy working at LAUSD. They are very organized, very structured, and good support is available. Our superintendent Is very good, and we have a strong union. I enjoy working there.


Many jobs If you're flexible


Short lunch breaks
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Flexible job but wide variety of experiences

I really enjoy being able to choose the days and times that I work and the health insurance (when I can get it) is first rate. Since I am a substitute, the work situations vary widely depending on neighborhood, school budget and the character of the administrators. I can have a smooth, productive day or a stressful, futile one depending on these factors.


Salary, benefits, flexibility of schedule, ability to fit other work, working with classes I am familiar with


Prevalence of germs (even pre Covid!), Difficult classes, Difficult administrators.
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Great job with great benefits

Great district to work for. The benefits are great, and so many resources for both staff and students. There is also opportunities for trainings within the district.
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Very flexible working hours

A typical work day is from 8am to 3pm, and goes as follows: my signing in at the school office, breakfast in my first class, role call, collecting homework, presenting new material, class discussion, assigning work related to the new material, and working with the class until the work is completed (whatever is unfinished becomes homework). Each class follows this pattern until the final school bell rings at 3pm. Management at my school is excellent (though I don't know about other schools): work days are well-structured, school activities run smoothly, the school is physically well maintained, and payroll office is responsive and on time. The workplace culture is positive: staff are friendly, work together, and show enthusiasm for improving the school. The most enjoyable part of teaching here is seeing the look of excitement on children's faces when they truly learn something. That satisfaction is worth everything.
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Disgrace to education.

Disgrace to education . A bunch of people who have never been in a class room and are only worry about their own six figure salary. The majority of students aren't willing to study and the only reason that they go to school is that they have to. They rank among the lowest in ca and what ever they say about their graduatin rate is absolutely lie.rate i rate rate is
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LAUSD Substitute

The company has a lot of options due to the size of the district. Make yourself personable and known on campus to help find more job offers. If ever in doubt you can always ask your neighbor teacher on discipline issues. They're a


Flexibility on assignments. Great compensation rate


Can pick between elementary or middle and high school. Hard to work put of your calling area
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Each day is unpredictable

Great place to work at if one loves the teaching profession. It is very challenging. Depending on the Sub-district location, one can have a sense of satisfaction for nurturing our youth, otherwise it can be very depressing at the end of each day.
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A very big district

I've enjoyed my time working for the school district. It is a very large school district. It's school population is very culturally and linguistically diverse.
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Very on call job

When I first started, inwas not gettin ghb called at all. I finally started calling the district office and asking of there were any unfilled assignments. I even began cold calling schools, introducingn myself and offering to substitute at their school. The pay is high, but they work heavily on a seniority system.
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Substitute Teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District

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3.9 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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