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AFT Charges That Recruiting Firm Swindled Filipino Teachers


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.


This is something in illegal and legal immigration that we need to stamp out. It's been going on since indentured servants came over to America I'm afraid. Doesn't mean we can't end it now.

How were the Filipino teachers cheated out of their money? Most importantly, why is the United States recruting teachers from overseas when there are plenty of qualified teachers in this country?

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