I haven't yet gotten a contract for my new job (new school district), but I have seen the salary schedule and I know what I should be making. However, at the new employee orientation another teacher said that she was disappointed she had to start over at step 1. I asked her about this and she said that the HR manager told her that the district doesn't pay steps for experience in other districts. Now I'm confused - are there districts that actually do this? I was going to ask before we left, but both the Superintendent and HR manager were gone by the time orientation was over. So, my question is whether any of you have ever worked in a (public) school district that only advances steps for experience in their own district? Can the district even DO that?