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Filipino teachers in limbo

BAY MINETTE -- Fourteen teachers from the Philippines, expected to fill critical needs in math, science and special-education instruction, won't be available when school resumes today in Baldwin County.

The teachers have been delayed by a slow-moving immigration process that has grown increasingly vigorous since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to school system spokesman Terry Wilhite.

Substitute teachers will have to lead the classes until the Filipinos arrive.

"The real world is high-quality teachers simply aren't always available when you need them," Wilhite said. "We're very disappointed they're not here. On the other hand, it's comforting to know that immigration is working, and these candidates face great scrutiny."

School officials now expect the Filipino teachers to arrive by "the third week of August," Wilhite said. If they're still on hold by month's end, he said, they won't be hired.


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