Sunday, October 07, 2007

NYC Teachers Have a "Jobs Bank" Too

From the NY Post article "Why Is The City Paying 757 People To Do Nothing?"

It's all in a day's work on the city payroll.

For seven hours a day, five days a week, hundreds of Department of Education employees - who've been accused of wrongdoing ranging from buying a plant for a school against the principal's wishes to inappropriately touching a student - do absolutely no work.

The Post has learned that the number of salaried teachers sitting idly waiting for their cases to be heard has exploded to 757 this year - more than twice the number just two years ago - at a cost of about $40 million a year, based on the median teacher salary.

The city pays millions more for substitute teachers and employees to replace them and to lease rubber-room space.

Meanwhile, the 757 - paid from $42,500 to $93,400 a year - bring in lounge chairs to recline, talk on their cellphones and watch movies on portable DVD players, according to interviews with more than 50 employees.

MP: One of the problems is that NYC's public schools are a monopoly, with unionized employees, so heavily regulated that it's sometimes impossible to fire even dangerous teachers. Here are the illustrated procedures required to fire an imcompetent union teacher in NYC.

3 Comments:

At 10/07/2007 10:54 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

If the school district has teachers out of the classrooms for "buying a plant against a principal’s wishes," they have serious mismanagement issues they need to address. Effective management and hiring practices (usually a management prerogative) solves many problems before the grievance stage.

After looking at your “illustrated procedure” link, I would have to ask myself why the district hired a school teacher so inept that no other school district would hire him or her. It’s not surprising that ineffective management would result in ineffective unions or bargaining processes.

 
At 10/07/2007 1:41 PM, Blogger Celia said...

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At 10/07/2007 4:52 PM, Blogger Celia said...

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