City scrubs failing teachers’ records if they leave district

By staff and wire services reports
January 8th, 2013

Failing New York City teachers can have their poor ratings scrubbed from the record if they strike a deal with the city to quit or retire, according to a New York Post report. Teachers deemed “unsatisfactory” for two consecutive years in the city face termination hearings, but can avoid all that — and have the “unsatisfactory” grades changed to “satisfactory” on their permanent records — if they voluntarily leave the system. Critics say the method is “a lie” and unethical, according to The Post, as those teachers seeking employment in other school districts would be applying for teaching positions under false pretenses. But an officer who takes part in “rubber room” hearings, which deal with teachers being paid to out disciplinary hearings in reassignment centers, praised the system…

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