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Bill aims to ease teacher shortage at tribal schools by granting federal pensions to educators

WASHINGTON – Teachers have been in short supply across Arizona. Nowhere is that felt more than at schools run by Native American tribes.

Arizona has 34 such schools, plus 20 others operated by the Bureau of Indian Education, or BIE. Most of the tribally controlled schools are in remote parts of the state, far from towns or metropolitan areas. That makes finding teachers tough, and the pay and benefits tribes can offer – often less than other schools – makes it even more challenging.

"It's extremely difficult. We do not have housing, we are 45 minutes away from a town, and the town is a tourist town so housing is very expensive," said Laura Krause, the business manager and human resources director at Theodore Roosevelt School on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.


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