Not from the Onion: Teacher Rubber Rooms

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….Because the teachers collect their full salaries of $70,000 or more,
the city Department of Education estimates the practice costs the
taxpayers $65 million a year.

More here.  Hat tip to Drea at Business Pundit.

Addendum: Rubber Room the movie (hat tip to Andy Orr) and from Gordon in the comments Rubber Room on the radio.