BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - As local schools balance their budgets by freezing new hires -- or even worse, laying off teachers -- those about to enter the education field are finding their options limited if they want to stay close to home.
Ashley Dame is about to graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a master's degree and wants to work in a school district as close to Western New York as possible.
"It's challenging because a lot of teachers who have two or three years teaching experience are being cut because of budgets and things like that," Dame said. "And people who are fresh out of college like me who don't have that much experience are competing against those experienced teachers."
Dame is among 800 people interviewing with out-of-state school districts at a job fair at the Buffalo Convention Center.
Dozens of school districts, mostly from Maryland, Virginia and Georgia, are trying to lure away the region's youngest and brightest.
Brenda Hinton, a recruiter from Harford County schools in Maryland says the district of 40,000 students usually hires 200 to 300 new teachers every summer.
"We've been lucky in Harford County," Hinton said. "At this point in time we've not had to do layoffs. We've not had to do furloughs or anything of that nature."
Local districts, including Buffalo City Schools and several charter schools will be at the job fair on Tuesday when new teachers like Dame will do their best to land a local teaching position.
"It can be discouraging but just need to put your best foot forward to get out there and get something."