Sorry to take a while responding - there's only a handful of Cleveland moms who are active on MDC and none of us seem to frequent the FYT boards. But oh, yes, do come home, because Cleveland is a happenin' place to be right now! Lots of great things going on here.
Our LO is too little to homeschool, but plenty of my friends/neighbors do, and it doesn't seem to me that they have too much trouble with the state in terms of rigid rules, etc. Depending on the age of your LO, there are some great homeschooling groups around town, too. There's a Waldorf homeschool group starting up on the near west side for preschoolers, for example, that a friend of mine has organized.
There's so many great things about living here! The local food scene is great (and growing exponentially -- they've added at least a dozen farmer's markets in town since last summer), the free summer concerts and park programs are phenomenal, there's a bunch of new restaurants opening up, and lots of arts & cultural things in the city. Great stuff. And the festivals! Oh goodness, Cleveland is the place to be, I'm telling you. We love it so much here.
As far as jobs, I think it's about the same everywhere. The job market is tight. White-collar jobs are scarce and people are clinging to them. But there are always some openings. The Cleveland school district teachers' union has made concessions in order to allow more than half of last year's laid-off teachers to come back with a job. So that's good news for folks in the teaching field. There are always charter schools starting up and looking for teachers (and subs, I'd imagine). And if you're willing to temp until you find something permanent, I think you're likely to get lucky.
What neighborhood are you planning to live in? PM me if you want help finding a rental or anything else, we'll get you hooked up!
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