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city of odessa moved to destroy the statue, a local artist came across this plan to attract star wars fans around the world. thank for watching. watching. >> on "america tonight," learning lessons. arizona faces a barren landscape of teacherless classrooms. >> arizona is not producing enough teachers because of the low pay. >> "america tonight's" loirnlingsz on thlori janeglihal districts will go. and also a league of their
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own. cuba's best exports smoking their way into the big leagues but this october surprise has the best players sticking close to home. thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. most of us would do anything to support our children's education, go to the ends of the earth to make sure they have just what they need olearn. for an increasing number of school districts around the country though, that is more than just hyperbole. it's a reality. because the teacher shortage administrators have long warned of is now cropping up in communities big and small and in their search for solution, more school leaders are looking for surprising options. for one district trying to solve its crisis here is "america tonight's" lori jane gliha. >> reporter: on this day, shannon struggles to get the school's volleyball players to a
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game. but he's the superintendent of the casa grande school district right outside of phoenix. >> we play multiple role, teacher, custodian, sports worker. to do what we can. >> goodsell has tried to find new teachers in arizona even across the united states but says his school district can't compete when it comes to pay. >> i go on the recruiting trips to go out of state because arizona is not producing enough teachers, or enough people interested in going into the workforce to become teachers because of the low pay. >> reporter: a 2015 report by the arizona department of education outlined the problems. a growing number of teachers are quitting public school in search of better paying job opportunities and retirement. the report says the consequences can be so dire the state may not
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be able to create the workforce of tomorrow. making matters worse: of the 50 states, arizona ranks near the bottom for education funding. >> i mean my dad was a classroom teacher so i remember back in like 1987. he was complaining about the same things that i complained about. and his starting salary was actually pretty close to my starting salary, too, which is really sad. >> for eight school years alex dudley conducted the student orchestra at the texase high school, started at $37,000 and got only one raise. this year fed up dudley put down his baton for good. got a job developing training programs. >> what was that like that you didn't go to a schoolroom? >> exhilarating, i've only had the slightest tinge of regret.
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i got a 30% raise, i'm treated extremely well. >> there's an exodus. i can't think of aye another term to describe it. >> for ten years caleb was a history teacher. he quit that job in 2013 for i.t. the ever increasing workload is also driving them away from the profession. >> the hours you work in the classroom in addition to the hours that you spend grading student work and getting feedback, in addition to the hours that you spend preparing curriculum and preparing the next day and the next week, in addition to everything else that most teachers do, which is coaching a sport, sponsoring a club. and participating in all of the functions that the school has going on. >> superintendent goodsell has had to be creative when it comes to finding ways to fill teaching
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vacancies in his schools. so over the past two years goodsell has hired 17 teachers from the philippines to tackle subjects like english, chemistry and math. >> negative times negative positive, negative times positive will give you positive. >> one of the new filipino teachers last school year was her first time in the united states. >> did it become clear to you how desperate they were to have teachers on staff? >> yes. >> studied electrical engineering in the philippines and has a degree in mathematics. when goodsell came calling she jumped at the chance to teach in the u.s. a job that would offer her five to six times what she made at home. >> parents might be skeptical. >> you could get students who
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say miss i can't understand you. then there will be kids who test your patience and try to compare you to their american teachers. >> what would you tell people about your training and how good a teacher you are? >> teachers in the philippines have to finish four years in college and for you to be able to teach you have to undergo licensing test. so if you don't pass that test then you're not allowed to teach in the philippines. so luckily we have done all those. >> there have been a few parents that were upset just simply because they were a little bit leery of someone coming from another country to come teach their children. the folks that come over are rue rigorously screened and do a wonderful job for us. >> what do you feel? >> we would prefer having american teachers teaching our students but ultimately it comes down to a state funding question. >> for caleb anderson, a first time father, the concern last
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shifted from his own financial well-being to that of his daughter's educational future. >> my concern is that teachers like myself, who spent 12 years in the profession and felt it was a calling, we won't be there. the end result in the state is that we'll get to a point where i won't feel comfortable having my daughter or reply son eventually in state, in public classrooms in the state of arizona. >> reporter: as for alex dudley hes he says he's perfecty content not going back. >> if you are not planning to have kids and well aware you are going to be living right on the poverty line then it's very rewarding, it really is. and i guess answer is no. i wouldn't. >> lori jane gliha, al jazeera,
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tetempe, arizona. >> we preview a new program, daidaisy and max. cuba's superstars have chosen a different path to home. and hot on "america tonight's" website now, an underwater menace, a beauty stalks the florida coast and ravages its water at
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>> we hear about gang violenceas world of street thugs. surely we want those dangerous people put away but we forget the face of gang violence often conseals a family, loved once left behind. this week al jazeera features daisy and max. >> we grew up near where the l.a. riots started. me and my sisters are first generation americans and my family comes straight from mexico. my dad brought all his brothers and sisters with the dreams and the hopes of them having a better future. >> in 2002, when daisy was 15,
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the security her parents had worked for was shattered. her older sister anc he leek ah waangelica wasshot and killed iy property. angelica had finished college and was just about to start a great job. she was also raising two boys. the shooter was a gang member. and this fact has marked daisy's life in more ways than one. while she is studying for her doctorate daisy has been working as a counselor for at risk families and thir kids. their kids but it's a job that sometimes puts her in danger.
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>> see that's not good. that's not good at all. yeah, i'm moving. because when they shoot, they shoot. and i'm going to call liz. i couldn't -- i couldn't get where they were from. but they're over here like
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causing like chaos at the park. they were throwing out their gang signs. i see movement from across the street. so i don't know -- call kenny. i think you should call kenny or call somebody. see i would be calling max right now. if max was there he would know what to do. >> if daisy could call him max would know what to do. he had been a gang member for most of his life before he became an interventionist. >> can their future be saved? the rest of max and daisy's story on al jazeera america this weekend. you can see the full program sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern. next headed for home. their talent could take them
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have. >> the boys of summer become the
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steely eyed, never say die men of baseball. they play for the ring and the love of the game but these are a far try of what inspire superstar athletes in cuba who have chosen to play in a league of their own. we meet the players and their fans on baseball's hallowed ground.
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