Teachers in my district have not had a step increase or COLA for five years. Basically, if you have 20 years of experience, you're still getting paid for 15 (which is around a $4,000 a year difference). However, newly hired teachers are placed at the correct step. So a teacher new to my district but with 20 years experience is being paid for the full 20 years. My district's solution to this problem is to pay newly hired teachers five steps below their actual experience. The district is also saying that they don't believe new hires will have any problems with this policy. If you were hired in my district and told you would be placed five steps down on the salary schedule from where you *actually* belong, would you still accept the job?