School district provides scholarships to attract teachers

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BETHEL, Alaska, (AP) A Bethel school district is offering to help fund college educations as a recruitment tool to get more teachers in its classrooms, particularly those from the area who are familiar with the local culture.

Joshua Gill with the Lower Kuskokwim School District tells KYUK-AM ( that locals hired by the district typically stay longer and take less time to adjust than those from other areas. He says hiring local teachers provides stability for the students.

That's why the district is offering scholarships to high school graduates or residents of the district seeking a college degree in education.

For every year the student receives a $2,000 to $4,000 scholarship, they owe a year of teaching at a district school. The district will pay a student's full tuition if they attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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