Alaska’s Rural Schools Struggle to Attract Teachers Despite High Salaries


Even with higher teacher salaries, also meant to help offset the cost of moving far from family and friends, rural Alaska is failing to fill its teaching positions. Norm Wooten, executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards, says there’s another part to the equation: Not only are the rural villages isolated, but they have no running water and heating still comes from wood or fuel. “Teaching here is not for the faint of heart,” he says. Read more.