TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Six teachers from the Philippines who work in Topeka are waiting for a decision on their residency permits.
The Topeka school district began recruiting teachers overseas in 2005, focusing on math, science and special education. The district currently has 30 teachers from abroad.
The U.S. Department of Labor last summer blocked the district’s applications for permanent residency for six teachers. The department said the district had not proven there was a shortage of qualified teachers in the U.S.
The district has appealed that ruling, arguing that their positions are still difficult to fill.
It also has submitted applications on behalf of another 13 international teachers, and eight have been approved.
Those teachers have more steps before they are allowed to stay in the U.S. permanently.