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Tackling High Teacher Turnover Rates with H-1B Provisions

How H-1B Hiring Can Help Address Teacher Shortages By Hiring the Best Educators from Around the World

The Learning Policy Institute estimates that 6 out of 10 new teachers hired each year are replacing colleagues who left the classroom before retirement. This high rate of turnover can be costly for schools, particularly in urban districts where the cost of hiring a new teacher can exceed $20,000 when accounting for recruitment, training, and separation expenses.

Arizona, Florida, and Texas currently have the highest teacher turnover rates in the nation, making these costs even more staggering. However, research suggests that intentional preparation and hiring through high-retention pathways can help to increase the diversity of the educator workforce and reduce turnover.

We believe that the H-1B provisions can be a valuable tool for schools seeking to hire highly qualified and experienced teachers from outside the US. The US Department of State's stringent requirements for H-1B visas ensures that only the most qualified individuals are approved to work in the country.

While the cost of hiring an H-1B teacher may initially seem higher than hiring a local teacher, the cost of turnover can quickly add up. By investing in a highly qualified and experienced H-1B teacher, schools can avoid the high costs associated with turnover and provide their students with a diverse and talented group of educators.

By hiring qualified H-1B teachers, schools not only save money but also provide students with a diverse and talented group of educators. And, because H-1B teachers are not subject to the same visa restrictions as other types of employees, they can remain at their jobs longer than other foreign nationals. This means that schools will have more stable teaching staff and be able to provide students with a consistent learning environment.

The H-1B provisions have been successfully used in industries such as tech, food and beverage, hospitality, and tourism to fill roles that cannot be filled by the US workforce. We believe that these provisions can also be a valuable resource for schools seeking to hire highly qualified and experienced teachers from around the world to solve teacher shortages around the country.

Disclaimer: The content of this blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice or a source of factual data.


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