First of all, are you applying at a public school district? If so, there
isn't much room for negotiation! It sounds like you have run up against the
pay scale differences of school districts. About the only thing that might
be negotiable might be how many years of prior service the new district will
accept. It used to be an appallingly low number of years, like 4-7. These
days, given the teacher shortage, I've seen some positions in California
listed as accepting year for year.
Depending on what state you are in and what district you might be employed
in, there may be pay incentives due to low performing scores. There is also
a pay incentive based on being Nationally Board Certified. I believe there
exists low-interest loans to teachers who buy houses in certain areas in
order to teach locally. It might be worth looking into.
Good luck with your job search and let us know what happens!
Emerson Junior High School
From: Y.R. Brown [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2002 10:30 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Job Negotiation Tips...Interview Questions
I am in the process of interviewing for a new job and trying to decide
between schools in an urban school district, a suburban school and a rural
school district. Each school district has unique strengths and weaknesses.
The salaries being offered have small and large gaps (differences) and the
benefit programs are similiar. One example of the salary differential is in
the case of MA+15 at the suburban school is much higher than MA+30 at the
What strategies can you all offer in negotiating the salary and benefits?
Have any of you negotiated for relocation money?
What other things would you consider in this process?
I am also open to suggestions on questions to ask the interviewers.
Thanks in advance for your support.
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