Thursday, April 15, 2010

New York City To End Rubber Room Practice For Teachers

This was a long time coming, and it's a bit of good news. Teachers who were kicked out of classrooms for misconduct will no longer be allowed to sit around in "rubber rooms" collecting paychecks until their cases are heard. Instead, they will be assigned to do clerical work or other administrative duties while their cases are pending.

It's a bit of good news and meant that the union and the City had to come to an agreement on the change in the process, but the process needs to be accelerated further such that bad teachers who engaged in misconduct should be fired, not simply allowed to collect paychecks for months or years at a time until their cases are heard. That means accelerating the hearing process instead of allowing these cases to fester.

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