Filipino Teachers to Lose Visas in Maryland

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--Hundreds of Filipino teachers in Maryland County Schools could be sent back to the Philippines as Prince George’s County school system officials announced they are no longer requesting work-visa renewals for “non-critical workers,” such as elementary, music and language teachers. School officials blame deep budget cuts for their action.

Those affected are many of the county’s 800 Filipino teachers, according to the Pilipino
Educators Network. The group’s president, Carlo Parapara, said foreign teachers are being singled out. He and others advocates are calling for want the cutbacks to be based on performance and seniority, not nationality, and they're ready to go to court to get it.

The county began recruiting teachers in the Philippines in 2005. state measurements show that student performance has improved since 2008.