Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do.
Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its "rubber rooms" — off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.
The 700 or so teachers can practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues — pretty much anything but school work. They have summer vacation just like their classroom colleagues and enjoy weekends and holidays through the school year.
700 NYC teachers are paid to do nothing - Yahoo! News
It is good to be a teacher! It is good to be a member of a powerful union, especially when you are employed by stupid government. You see if you work for a business, you can still do this if your union is powerful enough but eventually the business you work for will go out of business. The government never goes out of business though. Not only it does not go out of business, it will also bail the businesses you and your union destroyed as in the cases of General Motors and Chrysler.
Some other school systems likewise pay teachers to do nothing.
The Los Angeles district, the nation's second-largest school system with 620,000 students, behind New York's 1.1 million, said it has 178 teachers and other staff members who are being "housed" while they wait for misconduct charges to be resolved.
This is the same district that held demonstrations for more money for teachers just recently.
This is the same state where liberal democRAT legislators working to pay $7 million back to the teachers' union even though the voters said no.
Listen to these stories:
David Suker, who has been in a Brooklyn reassignment center for three months, said he has used the time to plan summer trips to Alaska, Cape Cod and Costa Rica. Suker said he was falsely accused of throwing a girl's test sign-up form in the garbage during an argument.
"It's sort of peaceful knowing that you're going to work to do nothing," he said.
Philip Nobile is a journalist who has written for New York Magazine and the Village Voice and is known for his scathing criticism of public figures. A teacher at Brooklyn's Cobble Hill School of American Studies, Nobile was assigned to a rubber room in 2007, "supposedly for pushing a boy while I was breaking up a fight." He contends the school system is retaliating against him for exposing wrongdoing.
He is spending his time working on his case and writing magazine articles and a novel.
Your tax money is paying these people to do nothing because your government is either too stupid or in the pockets of the teachers' unions.
Why not get a job as a teacher in one of these districts and get yourself into a situation like these people did and get paid for doing nothing until it is sorted out which seems like forever.