Equity & Diversity

AFT Charges That Recruiting Firm Swindled Filipino Teachers

By Mary Ann Zehr — October 26, 2009 1 min read

The American Federation of Teachers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor that a teacher-recruiting company cheated more than 200 teachers from the Philippines out of thousands of dollars, according to a post by my colleague Stephen Sawchuk over at Teacher Beat.

Last year, The Washington Post Magazine published an article that helped me to understand some of the challenges Filipino teachers face who take teaching jobs in the United States in the hopes of improving the standard of living of their families back home. It’s a sad thing, if the charges by the AFT are indeed true, that the teachers are being cheated out of money that is rightfully theirs as well.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.