Going Overseas for Teachers?

TV station WIBW reports that “administrators from the Topeka school district went on a recruiting trip to the Philippines. Topeka already employs 12 international teachers, from countries including Colombia, Spain and Ghana.”

Now, there are many great stories of people who have immigrated to the U.S., and to Kansas specifically. Still, we wonder why the district can’t find home-grown talent.

The WIBW report continues:

Martha Gage, who directs teacher education for the Kansas StateBoard of Education, say low pay makes it hard to find math and science teachers domestically.

Perhaps some new methods of teacher entry and compensation are required. Simplify the accreditation process. Pay teachers differential pay according to what they could get in non-teaching jobs. Pay teachers according to their performance in boosting student performance.

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