Others might have to start off as substitutes or look for work in other districts, DeBose said. There are five math and science teaching openings in the district, and at least three openings in special education. Other vacancies will inevitably come up throughout the school year, and the foreign teachers would be candidates for those spots, too, DeBose said. “It will be great to have that pool. It’s been very difficult to recruit fully credentialed teachers” for special education, science and math, she said. According to figures from the California Department of Education, the state predicts a shortfall of 16,000 math and science teachers in California within the next five years. The shortage will mushroom to 33,000 by 2017. The PUSD is just one of a growing number of school districts nationwide turning to oversees teachers to make up the shortage, said B.J. Bryant, executive director of the American Association for Employment in Education. “Our own U.S. supply is not changing sufficiently at all. The demand for teachers jumped again this year, saying to us that there is not a supply out there equal to teachers we’re losing to retirements, resignations, to people leaving the field,” she said. During the 2005-06 school year, California school districts hired 326 teachers from outside this country, according to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Pasadena Unified School District administrators are still awaiting the arrival of 20 foreign teachers recruited earlier this year for hard-to-fill math, science and special-education jobs. The Filipino educators were due to arrive by mid-August – in time to complete a weeklong cultural crash course covering everything from American paperwork to the history of the district. But immigration hold-ups and stalls in the credential process have kept most of them in the Philippines indefinitely, and some of the openings the instructors were intended to take have now been filled, said PUSD human- resources director Debra DeBose. Three teachers are expected to arrive by early October and will have full-time jobs waiting for them, she said.
As mentioned here the other day, Tuesday was the 27th day this year with a high of 90 degrees or higher. Nature cooled us down since, and weather record-keepers are in a nail-biting session whether we will break the record of 28 days.No fear, as I believe Monday and Tuesday we have highs at 90 or better, so we’ll break the record of 27 days set in 1906. That’s more than 100 years, so I think that is worthy of mention. Not that I like the heat, but being a weatherman enjoy record-breaking events, especially non-disastrous ones.Things are mighty dry now — just take a look around or wait for your water or electric bill. We are getting into the latter half of August, and we will now see periods of up and down fluctuations in the temperatures. A couple of hot days, then a couple of cooler days. Nights are getting much longer so the air temperature gets a good chance to cool off.The bad news besides hot weather the next couple of days is that smoke and haze will return. Marine air should once again push inland by Thursday, bringing some morning clouds and then blue skies back. Highs will be seasonal, around 81 degrees.I have looked at all the forecast models and don’t see any major rainstorms, which would be a welcome relief. It does appear the high temperatures will slowly be going downward. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
Go back to the e-newsletterTo celebrate Coral Expeditions’ first sailing season of its Myanmar itineraries, charting the coastline between Singapore and Yangon, all travel trade partners are being gifted a cruise for two for bookings of four or 10 guests on selected Myanmar sailings.For every agent who books in 10 guests for Myanmar sailings departing in November and December 2016 on Singapore/Yangon routes, they will receive a 12-night Singapore to Yangon expedition for two adults on board Coral Discoverer.By booking in just four guests for the same Myanmar departures, agents will receive a three- or four-night Great Barrier Reef cruise for two adults on board Coral Expeditions II.Sailing on the 72-passenger flagship Coral Discoverer, which will undergo a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, the new Myanmar itineraries appeal to travellers desiring to explore parts of South East Asia that are only accessible by small ship.Highlights include: five days exploring the rarely visited Andaman coastline, visiting the remote Moken ‘sea gypsies’, enjoying the spectacular underwater world in the Mergui Archipelago, navigating the waters of the mighty Irrawaddy River and exploring the marine wonderlands of Tarutao National Marine Park off the Thai coast. Also on offer are enriching cultural experiences such as excursions to a local Thai village for a cooking lesson, visiting the infamous Siam-Burma “death railway” Memorial, and trips to see traditional boat building and hilltop pagodas.In addition to Coral’s expert expedition leaders and staff, guests on the Myanmar cruises will be treated to the company of Dr Bob Hudson, an Australian archaeologist and Myanmar expert. Dr Hudson has been conducting research in Myanmar for over 20 years and advises the Myanmar Ministry of Culture as well as UNESCO, so there is no one more suitable to take guests on a journey through Myanmar’s rich culture and history. With a background in entertainment, and as a radio broadcaster, Dr Hudson brings complex subjects to life in a colourful and engaging manner that captivates his audiences.Agents can also benefit from an attractive flight credit offer for their clients. Each guest booked for any of the 2016-17 Asian voyages will enjoy a $1500 per person flight credit which will be offset against their cruise fare. This translates into a substantial $3000 per couple discount.Myanmar itineraryGlimpses of Lost Myanmar12 nights – Singapore to Yangon | 25 November and 19 December 201612 nights – Yangon to Singapore | 7 and 31 December 2016Spend two days exploring the wonders of Myanmar’s Mergui ArchipelagoGuided tour with local expert, learn about Burmese history with a visit to the Burma WWII Railway MemorialJourney through the Irrawaddy River Delta and the Yangon RiverEmbrace the rich cultural and culinary diversity of historic MelakaWade, swim and snorkel the warm tropical waters of the Andaman SeaExperience Thai village life and learn the secrets of local flavours with a cooking demonstration Go back to the e-newsletter