1) I have several teaching friends who work in charter and private schools who were recruited to their current place of employment; because they were so highly sought after, the schools gave them several years credit on the scale they use for employee compensation without having actually taught for those years. They NEGOTIATED their own wage based on their value to employers in the market. That's how a healthy labor market works; education's labor market has been completely warped in an unnatural manner for decades. 2) I'm going to go ahead and ask you to prove the causal relationship that you just claimed. Causal, not correlative; you chose your words.