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Foreign Teachers' American Dreams Vanish in a Flash

posted Sep 29, 2011, 11:17 AM by Carlo Parapara   [ updated Sep 29, 2011, 11:27 AM ]
DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. — As teacher Maria Ursula Raymundo stared out at the desert landscape bouncing past, she found herself thinking about where she would have been if her life hadn’t been turned upside-down by a bureaucratic nightmare: On bus duty at the suburban Maryland elementary school where she had taught P.E. for four years.

Instead, she was traveling the desolate back roads of Arizona and New Mexico in a van with a group of fellow Filipino teachers, hoping to find a school that would give them jobs before their American dreams vanished once and for all.