MARYLAND - A school district in Baltimore, Maryland has been fined $2 million for hiring teachers from the Philippines and abroad.
The president of a Filipino educators association in Maryland confirmed that Filipino teachers who were hired in Baltimore paid for the cost of coming to the US.
This is why the federal government imposed a multi-million dollar fine against the Prince George County public school system.
Filipino and other foreign teacher applicants were not supposed to pay for their own travel expenses.
Immigration rules state the hiring company or government agency should shoulder the cost of bringing workers to the US.
The head of the Filipino teachers group defended the school district because the applicants willingly paid the fees, and school officials may not have known they were doing anything wrong.
The Baltimore school system employs more than 500 Filipino teachers.
The Prince George County school system reportedly repaid more than $4 million to about 1,000 foreign teachers and almost $2 million worth of fines.
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