Education: Looking Abroad For A Few Good Teachers

Foreign educators are filling a need in one city's classrooms--and getting a crash course in cultural diversity

Like most Kindergarten classrooms, Carol Espiritu's is decorated with cheerfully colored posters illustrating the months and seasons, stacks of picture books and imaginative drawings. Espiritu's tiny students, like all the kids at the Dr. Bernard Harris Sr. Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., are neatly dressed in the official school uniform--white shirts and blue pants for the boys, white blouses and blue skirts for the girls. In fact, the only thing out of the ordinary in Room 122 this fall is Espiritu. She is one of three new teachers at the school recruited from the Philippines to help fill Baltimore's yawning teacher...

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