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APS looks overseas to help fill teaching vacancies

Patrick Hayes
August 10, 2018 08:59 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Public Schools recently hired dozens of teachers from overseas to help fill some of its hundreds of vacancies.

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Monica Armenta, a spokesperson for APS, told KOB the district is not facing a rare problem. 

"Albuquerque Public Schools, along with every school in America, is facing a serious teacher shortfall," she said.

As a result, the district has hired 33 teachers from the Philippines.

"About 90 percent of those teachers are going to be assigned to one of the most difficult-to-fill areas for any district, and that's special education," Armenta said.

According to the district, the teachers will make $36,000 a year—more than seven times the amount they would have made working in the Philippines.

If the teachers decide to stay for more than five years, their pay will increase to $44,000 a year.

In all, 58 Filipino teachers were hired by APS, but only 33 navigated their way through the process to arrive in time to complete a background check and the necessary paperwork to receive a teaching license from the state.

According to the district, some of the teachers have master’s degrees in special education. However, they all have at least five years of experience.

Armenta told KOB recruiting teachers from overseas is not a long-term solution.

"The long-term solution we'd like to see is to have more teachers graduate from New Mexico colleges and colleges across America to choose from," she said. "But this isn't going to change for anyone in America, and certainly not Albuquerque, anytime soon."

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