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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 16, 2014

There is little secret nowadays that Arizona’s education is struggling in contrast to many other areas of the country. Combustive elements such as low pay and rigid expectations among teachers have resulted in a shortage of qualified individuals seeking employing within classrooms statewide.

Recently, superintendent Shannon Goodsell, whom presides over the 3,800-student Casa Grande Union High School District, had virtually no applicants across the board – not even a resume from a new college graduate.

The bleak situation is perhaps better understood when quantified; Arizona has approximately 95,000 certified teachers and yet only 52,000 among them are teaching this year – a stat reported by the Arizona Department of Education.

Goodsell began the summer by hiring a batch of recent graduates from out-of-state education colleges – still, mass shortages remained. The shortage was such a problem that he was forced to look internationally for a solution.

Goodsell began Skype interviews with high-school math and science teachers located in the Philippines, individuals who had applied for work visas to teach in the United States. Goodsell ultimately hired 11 of these people to step in to Arizona classrooms.

How are international solutions to statewide shortages working? In an interview with AZ Central, Goodsell reported, “They have master’s degrees and most have bachelor’s degrees in the subjects that they teach.” He added, “It has been working very well.”

The transition also seems to be panning out for new international hires. Insiders report that the Filipino teachers very much appear to be adjusting to life in small-town Arizona, even catching on to American-style teaching. Arizona College and Career Ready Standards require certain creative teaching methods that many of these new hires have already adapted.

Although the state Education Department does not officially track the availability of teaching positions, by my inside accounts, it’s projected there are as many as 500 open positions statewide.