Fact Sheet: Migrant Teachers
• More than 19,000 migrant teachers are working in the United States on temporary visas - and the number is growing.
• Many of these migrant teachers have been victims of widespread abuse by recruiters and others.
• For-profit recruiting firms and practices are almost entirely unregulated.
• The full AFT report – "Importing Educators – Causes and Consequences of International Teacher Recruitment" – is available online.
• Adopt and enforce ethical standards for the international recruitment of teachers.
• Currently there are no standards at all to govern practices for recruiting teachers from abroad to placements in U.S. public schools.
• Improve and expand access to government data that is necessary to track and study international hiring trends in education.
• Implement better mentoring and orientation programs for migrant teachers who often face stressful challenges of communication and classroom management.
• Cooperate on an international level to protect migrant workers and to mitigate any negative impact of teacher migration on the school systems of the sending countries.
• Renew the commitment to make hard-to-staff U.S. schools more desirable places to teach and learn.
• The number of overseas-trained teachers being hired in the United States is increasing steadily, with the current nationwide total at more than 19,000.
• In 2009, these were the top 10 states in terms of the number of employer applications for hiring foreign teachers:
• Texas – 4,424
• New York –1,850
• California – 833
• Maryland – 828
• Louisiana – 694
• Georgia – 564
• Florida – 277
• N. Carolina – 261
• Virginia –188
• District of Columbia –170
Research from the American Federation of Teachers