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.


At 10/07/2007 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous 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.

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