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ERIC Number: ED506557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Importing Educators: Causes and Consequences of International Teacher Recruitment
American Federation of Teachers (NJ)
This report contains case studies of international recruiters who help school districts in the United States acquire work visas and hire noncitizens. Recruiters sometimes use fees charged to workers to pay for U.S. school officials' overseas trips, where they stay in luxury hotels and handpick teachers at job fairs. Not surprisingly, some school district officials have become increasingly reliant on overseas hiring. The report also documents recruiting agencies that have intimidated teachers, forced them into housing contracts, misrepresented their pay, charged them exorbitant fees and threatened to pull their visas. Key findings include: (1) an estimated 19,000 teachers were working in the United States on temporary visas in 2007; (2) the number of overseas-trained teachers being hired in the United States is increasing steadily; (3) essential federal data for studying this trend is not available for public analysis; (4) abuses of overseas-trained teachers have been widespread and egregious; (5) for-profit recruiting practices are almost entirely unregulated; (6) extensive recruitment hampers quality education delivery in sending countries; and (7) root causes of U.S. teacher shortages are masked by international recruitment practices. The information presented in this report highlights the need for a renewed commitment to making hard-to-staff schools more desirable places to teach and learn. The American Federation of Teachers believes a range of programs should be implemented to ensure that qualified, talented teachers enter the profession and receive the support they need to succeed in the classroom. Among the teacher recruitment strategies developed should be channels to help those currently working in our schools as paraprofessionals attain full teacher certification. Appended are: (1) State-by-State Data on Labor Certification Applications; (2) Designated J-1 Exchange Sponsors; and (3) Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol. (Contains 7 figures and 79 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States