Tim, since my husband is unemployed, pay was one of my first questions. They told me that it does not effect it at all. On our salary schedule it's based on years of experience and education level. Well, at least for now it is. They are going to be going to merit pay soon Then student performance will count for 50% of our pay. I also asked who will be paying for this certification test that I have to take... again because I have 2 kids and a stay-at-home dad to take care of The P told me "We'll work something out."