The Journal says the NEA asserts teachers in Alaska rank seventh in the nation for pay, with New York paying the most, at an average of $77,628 for the 2015-2016 school year. Alaska’s average teacher pay in 2016 was $67,433, about $9,000 more than the national average. The average wage for all occupations in Alaska is $57,750, the Journal reports.
The state, it turns out, is no piker when it come to education spending. It ponies up about $2.6 billion annually on K-12 education.
Looking at all that, at the amount of money paid out, you have to wonder: Why do Alaska’s kids do so badly on national tests? They are not only doing badly, unfortunately, they are doing worse.