On 4/14/16, anon wrote:
> Hello. I apologize if this question has been asked before.
> I am an out-of-state teacher looking to move to PA. I have
> obtained my PA license.
> I have heard from teacher friends in PA that most districts
> only grant 1-2 steps to out-of-state teachers, no matter
> their experience.
> My question is: is this negotiable?
> I know multiple teachers in my state who negotiated higher
> step placements at hiring.
> I'm just looking to begin teaching in PA at step 6 or 7,
> since I have 6 years of experience.
> Thanks for your help.
Some of this will depend upon how much they want you. It is
possible if the district doesn't have a specific policy in
place to prevent hired farther up the salary scale. How much
they want you might depend upon exactly what you can teach and
whether it is a 'shortage' field in PA. If they have a great
need for field X and a lot of applicants for field Y, then it
is more likely that the hire for field X will have more
leverage and ability to negotiate a higher step than the hire
for field Y.
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