Rural schools everywhere struggle to maintain adequate buildings, but the quest for a new school has been especially long and fraught for this remote Old Believer village.
At a Glance
The state had an estimated 737,438 residents as of 2018, including 25 percent under 18
There are 229 federally recognized Indian tribes, which are also referred to as Native Villages.
663,300 square miles, nearly 2½ times larger than Texas
Schools & Students in
509 schools (2017-18)
54 school districts
128,800 K-12 students
State Funding Per Pupil
At $17,872 in 2019, Alaska’s per-pupil spending is among the highest in the nation
7,889 classroom teachers, including part-time
16.35 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio
$70,277 average annual salary
12% statewide average annual turnover, the 12th highest teacher turnover rate in the nation
20% average rural teacher turnover
64% of teacher hires are from out of state
5% of teachers are Alaska Natives
Author Victoria Petersen traveled from her home on the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage and Scammon Bay for the first two stories in the series. For the final story, she traveled to Kachemak Selo.
SOURCES: Education Week’s Quality Counts; Alaska Department of Education and Early Development; National Center for Education Statistics; U.S. Census; Arctic Council; Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage