From the Daily News:
The infamous "rubber rooms" where teachers twiddle their thumbs while under investigation are unconstitutional, inhumane and even toxic, a new federal suit charges.
Six current and former teachers are asking a judge to shut down the detention centers for teachers who have been booted from the classroom.
Their lawyer, Joy Hochstadt, said terrible rubber room conditions are designed to humiliate teachers into quitting before a disciplinary hearing.
Teachers are "herded into over-crowded spaces" and "detention camp environments ... of trailers within chain-link cages, prison-style, supervised by a uniformed employee referred to as a 'warden,'" says the complaint, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Hochstadt charged that a quarter of teachers assigned to a midtown rubber room fell ill because of poor air circulation. The site has been replaced by trailers in Washington Heights.