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Budgetary delays worsen state teacher shortage


August 24, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Budgetary delays by the Alaska Legislature have put the state’s schools in a tough situation.

School officials sent layoff notices to nearly 700 teachers at the end of the past school year. They were under the impression that statewide education funding was dropping.

But six weeks after those notices, the Legislature restored funding to last year’s total of $1.3 billion, prompting superintendents throughout the state to ask their slighted teachers to stay.

As of Tuesday, there were 541 school jobs still open in Alaska with the first day of school less than a w...

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