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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 12:11 PM
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16. Not the first time. Happened in TX, MD, GA, NY, and CA.
Exploitation of hundreds of Filipino teachers

"Not The First Time

It's happened before. A report published in 2009 by the American Federation of Teachers cited the prosecution of several recruiting companies and three Texas school administrators on charges related to smuggling immigrants and visa fraud. According to the report, 19,000 foreign teachers were working in the United States on temporary visas in 2007, and the number is rising steadily. Several American school districts are turning increasingly to overseas recruiting to find teachers willing to work in their hard-to-staff schools.

How can it be that in this day and age we tolerate this abusive treatment towards our "guests"? For they had no choice but to keep paying, since the initial fees left them deeply in debt, and the contractors held on to their visas.

We must put an end to this shameful treatment now."


More from the NYT in 2009:

Schools Look Abroad to Hire Teachers

Overseas-trained teachers are being recruited from nearly all corners of the globe and are being placed primarily in hard-to-staff inner-city or very rural schools teaching the hard-to-fill disciplines of math, science and special education, said the report, by the American Federation of Teachers.

The report cited the Baltimore Public Schools as a case study. Baltimore hired 108 teachers from the Philippines in 2005, but four years later has more than 600 Filipino teachers working in city classrooms, where they make up more than 10 percent of the teaching force.

..." The union published the report in the hope it would lead to heightened regulation, it said. The report cited the prosecution of several recruiting companies and three Texas school administrators on charges related to smuggling immigrants and visa fraud and other cases as examples of the dangers that can accompany the foreign recruiting of teachers.

The top applicants for temporary visas for foreign teachers in 2007 were Texas, Georgia, New York, Maryland and California, the report said. Each of the foreign instructors recruited to teach in Baltimore paid $5,000 to $8,000 to a recruiting firm in California for their placement, the report said.

The report asserted that Baltimore school officials were leaning so heavily on foreign recruiting that they were recruiting less aggressively in the United States.


It's an outrage for them to claim a shortage of teachers.





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