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Baltimore Schools To Reimburse Foreign Teachers

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore school officials say the district will reimburse international teachers who paid fees associated with getting temporary work visas out of their own pockets.

The decision comes after the U.S. Department of Labor ordered the Prince George’s County school system to pay $5.9 million in back wages and penalties to teachers recruited from foreign countries. The Baltimore school district, however, could not say how much money it might have to pay back.

In April, the head of a Filipino teachers group claimed that Baltimore schools was following the same hiring practices that led to the fine against the Prince George’s County public school system.

Tisha Edwards, the chief of staff for the city school system, says the goal is to make sure that everything is done correctly.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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