- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
Alaska school district moves to attract teachers
Question of the Day
SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Three administrators in the Sitka School District went shopping for teachers recently, attending job fairs in the Seattle area in an effort to entice teachers north to Alaska.
There are currently 14 positions open in Sitka, including four at the elementary school, Casey Demmert, principal of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary, told KCAW (http://is.gd/PjIsuJ ).
“We’re at a point now in Sitka where we are really starting to have turnover with some of our more seasoned veteran teachers,” Demmert said. “Being able to bring in young teachers who can still get some mentoring and learn from some of those older teachers is important, too.”
Demmert, Blatchley Middle School Principal Ben White and special education director Mandy Evans attended a job fair this past weekend in Tacoma, which was open to districts across the Pacific Northwest, and another in Seattle open only to Alaska schools for recruitment. At the last event, 17 Alaska school districts participated.
Alaska Teacher Placement, a program operated by the University of Alaska system, conducted the second event as a way to connect the schools with applicants hoping to work in the state.
The program’s Toni McFadden said districts try to find Alaskans to fill the jobs, but it comes down to the numbers.
“The problem is we have a greater need for teachers than what our state is producing,” she said. “We have a need for teachers to go to our rural communities.”
Teachers who went to University of Alaska campuses in Fairbanks or Anchorage might be willing to stay in those cities, but it’s a different story trying to find people “willing and excited” to go to rural Alaska, she said.
Information from: KCAW-FM, http://www.kcaw.org
TWT Video Picks
By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- Cutler wins endorsement from gun control group
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing
- Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Obama's empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq