Sun, May 23, 2010
UNITED States public schools have stopped hiring Filipino teachers this year as the recession-proof profession faces the worst job market since the Great Depression.
Amid state and local budget cuts, cash-poor urban districts like New York City and Los Angeles, which once hired thousands of young people every spring, have taken down the help-wanted signs.
A number of Filipino teachers started their trek to the U.S. in 2004 when 268 were deployed to unified school districts rising to 488 in 2005, 521 in 2006, 971 in 2007, 865 in 2008.
In 2009 only 255 were able to reach the U.S. mainland.
This year, job orders for teachers at the POEA are down as America comes to grips with slashed school budgets. Because of this, many teachers were forced to go on leave and school days were reduced so that the school district budgets can be stretched further.
Most of the Filipino teachers specialized in Math, Science and Special Education. Many of them came from exclusive private schools and an exceptional few from national schools.
Recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani reported from Los Angeles that new applicants are being turned away despite having passed the rigorous California teacher’s exam or CBEST. Furloughs or forced leaves for teachers were given as California is beset with financial troubles.
At the University of Pennsylvania, most of the 90 aspiring teachers who graduated last weekend are jobless. Many had counted on offers from the Philadelphiapublic schools but had their interviews canceled this month after the district announced a hiring freeze. (source: http://www.edunewsph.info/2010/05/u-s-public-schools-stop-hiring-filipino-teachers/)