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Opinion

Farah Stockman

Teacher trafficking

The strange saga of Filipino workers, American schools, and H-1B visas

BATON ROUGE, La.

Strangely, it all started with No Child Left Behind. School systems everywhere scrambled to find certified teachers in math and science. East Baton Rouge Parish, La., was no exception. Administrators didn’t know where to turn. Then they met Lourdes Navarro, a Filipino-American whose company, Universal Placement International, advertised high-quality teachers from the Philippines.

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