Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Under Mayor de Blasio, New York public schools seem to be moving in only one direction — and it’s not forward.
For evidence, note Susan Edelman’s story in Sunday’s Post. The ridiculous “rubber rooms” — where the city Department of Education keeps teachers it’s trying to fire for incompetence or misconduct — are back.
The power of the United Federation of Teachers is such that out-and-out firing these teachers is a nonstarter. Thus the rubber rooms — officially, “reassignment centers” — where these teachers get paid to twiddle their thumbs.
As many as 700 teachers sat in rubber rooms at one point last decade. But a much-ballyhooed 2010 deal between the city and the UFT ended the practice — supposedly.
The idea was to settle all outstanding charges and return to classrooms all teachers not deemed a danger to their students — with just a handful left doing administrative work.
Hah! As Edelman reported Sunday — with photos — teachers even sleep in the “reassigment centers.”
Multiple rubber-roomers admitted they had nothing to do all day.
They’re still getting paid for not working.
Meanwhile, the de Blasio administration is letting dangerous students stay in class with its new policies aiming to reduce suspensions — particularly of minority students — and limit the NYPD’s role in keeping schools safe. And the UFT is silent.
Plainly, the teachers union thinks it’s more important to see that bad teachers keep getting their paychecks than that good teachers can do their jobs in safety.