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Old 08-08-2017, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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With a few weeks to go, Alaska schools are short 245 educators | Alaska Public Media

'With only a few weeks to go until the new school year begins, about half of Alaska’s school districts are still looking for a couple hundred teachers and special educators to hire.

Imagine you’re fresh out of school, broke and hunting for your first teaching job. Then a school district offers you a job paying $70,000 a year. Afterward, you meet Joshua Gill from the Lower Kuskokwim School District in rural Alaska and he offers you a job paying $52,000 a year.
“For a kid coming out of school, that’s an $18,000 difference,” Gill said.
$70,000 dollars a year for a new teacher may be surprising but Gill said that actually happened when he was recruiting in the Lower 48 this spring. He is in charge of hiring people for his district. He said school districts offering more money get to take their pick.
“And then you’ve got to convince somebody to come to bush Alaska where we have some teacher housing that doesn’t have running water,” Gill explained. “They have honey buckets, (a) gray water system and (you’re) trying to convince them to live in a village thousands of miles away from their families.”
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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I wonder what district offered $70k for a first year teacher with a bachelors. Lol
I call BS. Typically the starting salary is quite a bit more up here. My wife made $4k less than I was makimg in GA. She was a 1st year teacher with a bachelors. I was getting paid with 8!years experience and a masters. But 70k?

The living environment is a major turn off for many people.
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Old 08-08-2017, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I'd say there's not many paying 70k at the entry level. Besides, the teacher shortage have anything to do with the massive layoffs? A bulk of them probably found other employment rather than the uncertainty of hoping they'd be hired back in the fall and now the districts are realizing there's not as many waiting to be rehired as they'd thought there'd be.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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That sounds like bs to me. $70k my sweet a55!
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Old 08-09-2017, 12:49 AM
 
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That sounds like bs to me. $70k my sweet a55!
Exactly. I have a master's plus 36 (highest amount allowed) with 7 years (more but district only gave me credit for 5 years) and I'm not making $70k.

There has always been a shortage in the bush. Hard to get people to come out. Housing conditions. Reputation. It takes a special person to do the bush teaching thing.

On the road, the layoffs definitely contribute to it. Also, the hiring process is late in the game after the state finally approved funding. The cost to move up here is high and not reimbursed (we were offered $1500 for our whole family with our previous district) and our current district gave us nothing.
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Old 08-09-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Many moons ago in a past life, I went back to school after being transferred to Pensacola, FL... I was short two credits for my bachelors and a minor in math and one in geology. When I went to enroll, the guy was trying to talk me into the teaching program, getting my credential, or something like that.

The bait that was supposed to be so enticing? He told me in a secretive tone, like we shouldn't let too many people know, that there was a shortage of math and science teachers in Florida and they were hiring first year teachers for **twenty seven thousand a year**... and he smiled at me, wide-eyed, like that was something I shouldn't pass up.

:-o whaaaat?? I was making a few times more than that with - technically - no degree at all. Uhh, thanks, but no thanks, bro.

Florida is a million miles away from here and with the differences in the economies, you might as well be on Mars. But I have a hard time believing that any public school teacher is being paid that much that easily.
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Old 08-09-2017, 01:54 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I just looked at Salary.com. It lists the starting teacher salaries for half a dozen Alaskan school districts. They are all $60K to above $61K. Wasilla is $61122.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:18 PM
 
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I just looked at Salary.com. It lists the starting teacher salaries for half a dozen Alaskan school districts. They are all $60K to above $61K. Wasilla is $61122.
Not correct. More like 50k with a masters.
Here is the actual negotiated agreement for Mat-Su school district. They allow 2 or 3 years experience. Brand new first year teacher makes 46k.

https://www.matsuk12.us/cms/lib/AK01...0-%2015-17.pdf
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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Alaska doesn't have a teacher shortage - it has a teacher retention problem. You can only play that lay-off then rehire game so many times before your best people realize they can just go elsewhere.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:27 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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That sounds like bs to me. $70k my sweet a55!
I bet they're counting salary AND benefits. Which is silly...health care and retirement contributions are great, but you can't eat them.
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