March 21 Update - Good article in the NY Post - the Rubber Rooms are so secretive, that I got the wrong count on the number of rooms in NYC:
8 rubber rooms citywide
675 educators in them every day
140 for misconduct
117 for corporal punishment
102 for arrests outside school
45 for incompetence
$40.5M paid to these teachers in last fiscal year
12 years one teacher had been in a rubber room
NYC Department of Education
Teacher Reassignment Center
333 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201-1952
Re: Enclosed Book - Unlocking Your Rubber Room
I am a native New Yorker from Queens (PS 184, JHS 194, Bayside HS) and a Legal Studies professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, who recently read about your ordeal in The New Yorker. One of the most telling quotes in Mr. Brill’s piece concerned a teacher’s situation, when the city official stated: “Our standard is tighter than ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’.”
I had never heard the term “Rubber Room” used in the school system context, until I started researching the title for my book, Unlocking Your Rubber Room. I also didn’t appreciate the depth of NYC Rubber Room issues until after the book was published. Unlocking Your Rubber Room is a humorous look at law and life (Sections I & II), with my own bent perspective on the justice system (Section III). While the book isn’t about teacher Rubber Rooms, I believe its lessons will offer you some needed levity (starting with the book title!), and possibly help maintain or regain your perspective on the teaching profession, as you await due process hearings.
Please e-mail me with any comments on my book or just to say hello. I wish you peace of mind and happiness in 2010.
Book Web Site: http://www.yourrubberroom.com/ Crazy Classroom Teacher Blog: http://yourrubberroom.blogspot.com/
NYC Teachers Sue for a Pass Out of Rubber Rooms
While this blog is dedicated to inspiring teacher stories, I'd be remiss if I didn't post this story about K-12 teachers who believe they are being unjustly treated:BROOKLYN (CN) -Some 2000 schoolteachers say New York City is discriminating against them by confining them on trumped-up charges in infamous "rubber rooms" until they retire. Rubber rooms are study hall-like places where teachers are paid full wages to do nothing -- sometime for years. Continue reading - http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/01/Class_of_Teachers_Sues_NYC_For_a_Pass_Out_of_Rubber_Rooms.htm
I stumbled across the rubber room issue when selecting the title of my book.