Outsourcing: Not Just for Big Companies

It has long been the case that many inner city and rural schools are under-staffed in the most critical areas of education. According to a New York Times article, in order to fill these gaps, some school districts have adapted the practice of outsourcing education by taking in foreign teachers to serve their understaffed schools and subject areas. This is little surprise since many qualified educators steer clear of inner city and rural districts. The under-served schools then rely on a recruiting firm to find foreign trained educators. The need for teachers in under-staffed areas is so great that the foreign trained educators may be inadequately assessed before the school districts hire them.

Once these teachers enter the school system, it is hard to let them go due to the lack of American-trained specialized teachers for under-staffed subjects such as math, science, and special education. Unfortunately, this creates a perpetuation of lower quality teaching in the under-served schools. Outsourcing is the easy option for school districts because they do not want to waste their time looking for American teachers that would resist working in such conditions while there are people overseas paying recruitment firms for the opportunity to teach in under-served city districts.

Recently there has been a reduction in the hiring of foreign teachers due to programs like Teach-for-America, which offers high quality American teachers that are actively looking to teach in under-served areas. Another New York Times article suggests that there has also been a greater push in many city districts for permanent employment of teachers from reserve pools. The reserve pools are made of teachers that have lost their positions due to budget cuts and school closings. Some districts are easing the requirements for high quality educators to teach specialized, under-staffed topics such as science, math and special education. This will slightly ease the need for teacher numbers, but the need for specialized teachers is still largely evident.

Although there have been positive strides in providing high quality teachers for under-serviced areas, there are still many districts that rely on foreign hiring to fill their vacant spots. The need for high quality teachers in under-served areas has always been evident, but now is the time to fill this gap. There are great programs such as the Master’s of Arts in Teaching at USC that provide high quality teaching certification at the convenience of an online course. CertificationMap.com can help currently accredited teachers find if their credentials can transfer to the most needed areas for teaching to help rectify our country’s education deficit.