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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/15/2010

New York to close teacher 'rubber rooms'

By Valerie Strauss

The Associated Press is reporting that New York City officials and the teacher’s union have agreed to stop putting hundreds of teachers waiting for disciplinary hearings in so-called “rubber rooms.”

The AP said that the rooms, formally called teacher-reassignment centers, will be closed this fall. The centers--which came to be known as “rubber rooms,” a reference to padded cells in mental institutions--held hundreds of teachers who spent months, or even years there, whiling away their time playing games or reading.

City education officials said that the rooms became necessary because union rules make it too hard to fire teachers, who get full pay while they await their hearings.

Some teachers sent to the room complained that they had done nothing wrong except expose principals for playing with student test scores.

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By Valerie Strauss  | April 15, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  Teachers  | Tags:  NY rubber rooms, New York teachers, rubber rooms, teachers, teachers and rubber rooms, teachers unions  
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Comments

Valerie-

Have you seen the Miami Herald?

Crist vetoed the Florida Bill!!!!

Miracles never cease.

Posted by: celestun100 | April 15, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Governor Crist!

Teachers have one big group on their side: the American people.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | April 15, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Please, someone mention the fact that a documentary about the 'rubber rooms' has been released this month. Horrifying waste of money, Kafka-esque, really.

Now, Bloomberg's playing the leader. Bull. This has been a waste of taxpayer money for years. Teachers unions embarassed much? Not at all.

Posted by: KathyWi | April 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - the documentary was not a waste of taxpayers' money. The 'rubber rooms' were. And 'embarrassed' is the correct spelling.

Posted by: KathyWi | April 17, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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