The state should encourage districts to provide compensation for related prior subject-area work experience.
New Hampshire does not encourage local districts to provide compensation for related prior subject-area work experience. However, the state does not seem to have regulatory language blocking such strategies.
New Hampshire does not meet this goal.
While still leaving districts with the flexibility to determine their own pay scales, New Hampshire should encourage districts to incorporate mechanisms such as starting these teachers at a higher salary than other new teachers. Such policies would be attractive to career changers with related work experience, such as in the STEM subjects.
New Hampshire recognized the factually accuracy of this analysis. New Hampshire noted that there are no state regulations to limit individual districts from providing additional compensation for prior work experience. The local district contracts may give the superintendent the authority to place new hires on an appropriate step on the salary schedule.