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Immigration Law

Colorado's Rural Schools Use International Teachers To Fill The Gaps

"Bethune, Colorado, has a population of about 237. It’s 45 miles from the nearest Walmart -- and that’s in Goodland, Kansas. Hop onto Interstate 70, head west for an hour or so and you can get to Limon, Colorado. It's even farther from the Philippines. And from Puerto Rico. But those are some of the places to which the school district in Bethune, with all of 116 students, has turned to recruit teachers. Three out of its 13 teachers -- almost a quarter -- are from outside the continental United States. That's because Colorado’s rural school districts are on the brink of crisis when it comes to finding enough teachers to lead classrooms. Even urban districts along the Front Range are struggling to fill positions." - Jenny Brundin, CPR, Sept. 30, 2015.