Teachers Kill Time on Your Dime in Rubber Rooms

by Van Helsing | June 23, 2009 1:07 pm

Ever wonder why we spend more and more and more on education, and yet kids keep learning less? Here’s a clue[1]:

Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that’s what they want to do.

Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its “rubber rooms” — off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.

The 700 or so teachers can practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues — pretty much anything but school work. They have summer vacation just like their classroom colleagues and enjoy weekends and holidays through the school year. …

Because the teachers collect their full salaries of $70,000 or more, the city Department of Education estimates the practice costs the taxpayers $65 million a year. The department blames union rules.

Teachers goof around in the rubber rooms for as long as six years. Some have been known to hang out all day in nearby bars. Others play dominoes, sleep, sell real estate, “or teach each other yoga and tai chi.”

Reports teacher David Suker:

It’s sort of peaceful knowing that you’re going to work to do nothing.

If you’re not enraged yet, consider this: Thanks to Comrade Obama, now the auto industry, then the healthcare industry, and after that every other corner of our society will be run by the same unions and moonbat bureauweenies that have made a farce of our schools.

Teachers doing nothing on the clock[2].

On a tip from Name. Cross-posted at Moonbattery[3].

  1. Here’s a clue: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090622/ap_on_re_us/us_rubber_rooms
  2. doing nothing on the clock: http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/New-York/photo//090622/480/74cc72a266c043469d46b68fb2d9848b//s:/ap/20090622/ap_on_re_us/us_rubber_rooms;_ylt=AiBU47cqpU5yv6kcG6mi2KlH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTE5dTVicmhsBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl9yX3RvcF9waG90bwRzbGsDdGhpc21heTIwMDZw
  3. Moonbattery: http://www.moonbattery.com/

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