Statewide education study focuses on teacher retention.

A statewide education study finds that 242 new teachers graduated last year from the University of Alaska and College
of Education and between 40 and 50 percent found jobs in Alaska classrooms.

However, the study also found that teacher turnover continues to be a problem, particularly in the rural parts of the state.

Diane Hirshberg, director of UAA's Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, says the problem is not there aren't

enough teachers in Alaska.

Hirshberg says the issue is keeping educators here, especially those who come from outside of the state.

The National Education Association says 70 percent of the teachers hired in Alaska are from the Lower 48 states.