BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham Board of Education has
hired eight Filipino teachers in a 5-3 vote that followed almost two hours of heated discussion.
Board members Phyllis Wyne, Virginia Volker and Martha Wixom
voted against hiring the foreign science and math teachers.
Carolyn Cobb abstained from voting.
Volker had said before the vote she though they were setting up
the teachers for abuse and failure.
Four administrators had traveled to Manila to recruit math and
science teachers, a critical need for many school systems.
Some board members questioned whether a 17,400-mile round trip was
needed to fill the vacancies.
Board President April Williams said Birmingham schools had 37
vacancies in math and science for next school year and expected to
end up with 45 to 50.