The city announced Thursday that the Department of Education has come to an agreement with the teacher's union to close the so-called rubber rooms.
Teachers being investigated for misconduct will no longer go to reassignment centers, where they receive full benefits and salary.
The teachers are required to spend all days in these "rubber rooms," but are not allowed to do any work.
Under the new agreement, the teachers will now be assigned to clerical duty, either in central offices or schools.
There will also be more arbitrators hired to expedite the hearing process. Under the current system, it can take teachers years to either be cleared of charges or officially disciplined.
The agreement will call for all teachers accused of misconduct to be formally charged within 60 days or they will return to the classroom. The DOE will have only 10 days to file charges against a teacher accused of incompetence.