What Happened to New York City's Rubber Room Teachers? What Happened to New York City's Rubber Room Teachers?
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What Happened to New York City's Rubber Room Teachers?

by Nikhil Swaminathan

September 16, 2010
One of the most indelible images that education reformers once trotted out in the fight for increased teacher accountability were the so-called "rubber rooms" in New York City. The holding areas where teachers who weren't up to snuff or were accused with behavioral offenses, such as sexual harassment, passed the days doing crosswords or napping while still earning their salaries were the perfect illustration of how tough it was to fire ineffective and bad teachers. (Those of you who see Waiting for Superman will see it prominently featured.)

Photo via The New York Post.

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