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Stuck in a ‘Rubber Room’


The infamous “rubber room,” a place where teachers who face disciplinary charges sit, knit, and stare at the wall while collecting their full paycheck, was meant to be abolished in New York in 2010, TakePart reports. While progress has been made, with not as many teachers languishing in these reassignment centers each school day, approximately 200 educators are still caught in the system while awaiting a hearing. This year alone, these teachers will cost the city $22 million. Although these teachers aren’t in a traditional rubber room, the New York Daily News reports that educators are sitting “in broom closets, unused offices—even stinky locker rooms—in school buildings all over the city.”

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