Birmingham Schools to Hire Philippine Teachers

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A shortage of qualified math and science
teachers has prompted Birmingham city school officials to take
their recruitment campaign to the Philippines.

Four school system employees made the weeklong trip to Manila
sponsored and paid for by a California-based firm.

Human Resources Director Jeff McDaniels said the group identified 10 Filipino candidates who could be hired as early as June. He said the system could need 45 to 50 teachers to fill openings in middle school and high school.

Lance Hyche, the Birmingham representative for the Alabama Education Association, criticized the hiring and accused school officials of ignoring qualified applicants in the state.

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