End of The Rubber Room in NYC Education

[ 0 ] April 19, 2010 |

Gregg Walker of Manhattan Viewpoint wrote this week about the nearing end of the ‘rubber room’.  If you aren’t a New Yorker or haven’t been following the story that conjurs up images from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the rubber room was aptly named for the special rooms wehre teachers accused of misconduct, imcompetence and other infractions would spend their days.  They had no day-to-day responsiblities and were receiving full pay while in the rooms for months on end (an average of 18 months).  The cost?  $65 million annually for teachers – both good and bad – to sit. 

Gregg covers the practice, its origins, current state, frictions and future – and ends with “Let us hope that the pact which will eliminate the Rubber Room is the beginning of the end of a lack of excellence in NYC schools.”

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