Importing Teachers to Topeka

We’ve noted before that USD 259 Wichita is making aggressive recruiting efforts in the Philippines. WIBW reports that Topeka is importing teachers, too.

Speaking of USD501 Topeka, Carolyn Campbell said “We have had teachers come here from India, Philippines, and Spain. the math and science have been very strong educators for us.”

We’ve got nothing against trade, or even people seeking a better opportunity elsewhere. But instead of going to the trouble of recruiting in foreign countries, perhaps we ought to revisit the policies and practices that govern the teaching workforce here. Merit pay, steamlined credentials, easier methods of mid-career professionals to enter the teaching corps, and so forth.

(“Teacher shortage in Kansas,” WIBW)

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