Growing Trend: Arizona School Districts Hiring Foreign Teachers on Temporary Guest Worker Visas


The press has widely reported teachers walking out in the past week due to desperate conditions in the public schools of Arizona and Colorado.

In a new blockbuster follow up report for the NY TimesDana Goldstein digs into into another symptom of desperation in Arizona’s poorest school districts. Arizona school districts have rapidly expanded the practice of recruiting school teachers from abroad on J-1 temporary guest worker visas. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that desperate districts, unable to pay competitive salaries to the state’s college educated and certified teachers, should be recruiting teachers willing to come from the Philippines for three-year stints.

Goldstein describes the program: “The latest wave of foreign workers sweeping into American jobs brought Donato Soberano from the Philippines to Arizona two years ago. He had to pay thousands of dollars to a job broker and lived for a time in an apartment with five other…

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