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The Board Of Education To End The "Rubbber Room" Practice


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UPDATED 12:12PM

DOE To End "Rubber Room" Practice

 

BY: NY1 News

 

As first reported on NY1, the mayor is set to announce today that the Department Of Education has come to an agreement with the teachers" union to close the so-called rubber rooms.

 

Teachers being investigated for misconduct will no longer go to reassignment centers where they receive full benefits and salary.

 

The teachers are required to spend all day in these "rubber rooms", but aren't allowed to do any work.

 

Under the new agreement, the teachers will now be assigned to clerical duties, either in the central offices or in schools.

 

The agreement, set to be officially announced today, calls for all teachers accused of misconduct to be formally charged within 60 days or they will return to the classroom. The DOE will have only 10 days to file charges against a teacher accused of incompetence.

 

The city has also agreed to clear up backlogged cases by the end of the year.

 

Last year, the city spent about $40 million paying the salaries of the nearly 600 teachers in the rubber rooms.

 

The rubber room issue is the subject of a new documentary, which takes an inside look at the teachers. "Rubber Room" filmmaker Mr. Jeremy Garrett will be a guest on tonight's "Inside City Hall". The political program airs at 7 and 10pm.

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