In today’s challenging economic environment, Maryland’s colleges and universities are forced to compete not only to draw top students with the means to pay hefty tuitions, but also to attract world-class faculty to enhance and distinguish their academic offerings and reputation. This has led to a growing number of foreign nationals serving as professors, researchers and other academic staff, especially in the hard sciences, mathematics and engineering. Montgomery College, and community colleges throughout the State, face similar pressures, and have had to turn to foreign national professors and staff in math and science.
Foreign teachers at the K to 12 level have helped two of Maryland’s most important public school systems, Prince George’s and Baltimore City, to meet the challenge created by No Child Left Behind. Due to shortages of highly-qualified teachers in hard-to-serve areas, these school systems had no choice but to turn to US-certified teachers from foreign countries, primarily from the Philippines but also from Jamaica and other nations, to fill critical positions, especially in math, science and special education. Had these systems not brought in hundreds of certified teachers, they would never have been able to have placed highly-qualified teachers in every classroom in Baltimore and Prince George’s. Indeed, as I learned from conversations with education experts, in some cases these foreign teachers were the very first certified instructors these children ever had. Without these Filipino teachers, Maryland’s most precious resource – our children – would have been denied access to a quality public education.
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Presentation to the Commission to Study
the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland
January 10, 2011 Session
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