I truly need some help/advice from the veteran teachers!!!!!!! Although I've had no complaint about my current employer (the district), I've decided to look elsewhere for next year. And I did find one that is just perfect, in terms of the monetary compensation and the distance from my house. So I turned in the resignation letter to my current school principal before the deadline 6/30 and took on the new offer. Well, as I went to the new district's HR office to get processed last week, came to find out that they do not honor my previous two years of teaching experience because I was only under "intern credential", not "preliminary, professional clear, or life credentials". That was a big shock! My previous district did recognize them and had no problem at all with placing me on Step 3 for next year. Now, I'd be placed on Step 1 at the new school. The HR specialist was sympathetic with my concern. So she "kindly" told me that I could try negotiating it with the school Principal to see if he's willing to override it. I'm just not sure if it's even a good idea.............. Okay, bottom line, even with this Step 1 placement, I still end up making $2000 more than my previous job. However, I just feel like I was being cheated out though. I guess as a newbie, there are still a lot of "technical stuff" that I don't know about. So.....any thought?