Alaska is struggling to fill teacher vacancies because the largest in-state teacher preparation program, the University of Alaska-Anchorage, lost its accreditation. Alaska already had an issue securing teachers before this loss due to its remote location and climate. Now, the need is exacerbated. EdWeek states, “Annually, districts hire about 1,000 teachers, with over half hired at the five largest districts. In-state universities typically graduate a total of 200 teachers every year, far short of what schools need.” The need is sometimes filled by some out-of-state teachers, but they often leave quicker than in-state teachers.
In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.
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