Again, the subject of international supply teachers

So! The AJC has posted an in-depth look at these multi-million dollar contracts DeKalb and other school districts hand over to these companies that supply international teachers to school districts.

Interesting article. Read it here if you have the secret code to read articles at the AJC >>

Foreign teachers come at a price, experts say
12:00 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 |

Some more salient sentences from the AJC post >>

While still relatively new, hiring foreign teachers to work in Georgia schools has long-term risks to students, school districts and the teachers themselves…

School districts across the state have spent more than $52.5 million on contracts for international teachers, an AJC analysis found, mostly for hard-to-staff positions in math, science and special education.

International teachers usually are sent into the most challenging classrooms in the poorest districts, and school districts see foreigners as a way to fill vacancies in these troubled schools.

In Georgia, districts increasingly rely on recruiting firms to find the teachers and bring them to America on H-1B visas, a three-year work visa reserved for workers who are in short supply in America. Because the teachers remain employees of the recruiting firms who brought them here, they can move between districts from year to year or return to their home countries.

Marshall Orson, a school board member in DeKalb County, which is the largest contractee of international teaching talent in the state, is worried the district’s reliance on recruiting firms to find teachers does not serve the district well in the long run.

“I am concerned that we default to finding an outside agency to find us teachers on a temporary basis,” he said. “It has to be about how we build our permanent teaching corps.”

There are other problems too. In Georgia, the largest recruiting firm is Jonesboro-based Global Teachers Research and Resources, which is the subject of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation related to allegations of unfair labor practices.

Now if you are still interested, read our posts on the subject, as we have questioned the practice every time it comes for a vote and is subsequently rubber-stamped by every school board (including the special one appointed by the Gov.)

The June 2, 2014 BOE meeting and International Teachers
Posted on June 6, 2014

Update on the International Teachers contract
Posted on July 23, 2014

Quite frankly, we are tired of the subject. This and all other subjects that discuss waste, abuse, fraud, friends and family. DCSS is a very tangled web. It’s simply time to untie a few knots.

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4 Responses to Again, the subject of international supply teachers

  1. Jay says:

    Maybe DCSS should treat the existing teachers better and they would not have a constant exodus to other school districts.

  2. A big point that was brought out in the article was that in addition to the $11-15000 per year the districts are paying Globe for a fee and Visa costs, they are illegally shaking down these teachers for another 10% of their pay. They at times have been over a month behind paying these teachers.

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