Thursday, April 22, 2010

Klein sharpens his axe

From the Daily News:

Now that the city has a plan for shutting down the notorious rubber rooms, a more expensive pool of teachers is in the city's crosshairs.

Unassigned school staffers who act as substitutes while raking in their regular salaries cost the city more than $134 million this school year, Education Department data shows.

And at least 342 of them are taking home more than $100,000 annually.

Unlike the staff in the so-called rubber rooms that the city and teachers union agreed to abolish last week, these educators have not been accused of any wrong doing. They lost their jobs due to shrinking enrollment or school closings, and they spend their days covering classes or performing other jobs at schools.

But Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has said that he wants the teachers tossed after one year, instead of having them linger.

About 150 teachers in the pool are at the top pay rate, and about 60% have been on the job for more than 10 years.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the teachers? At least Joel still has his old hag girlfriend, Eva Moskowitz to play with!

Anonymous said...

Who cares about the teachers? At least Joel still has his old hag girlfriend, Eva Moskowitz to play with!

Anonymous said...

This is not fair because these are competent teachers with no blemishes on thier record and only penalty was making money owed to them. Isn't there room for good educators in our system?

primadonna said...

"Klein sharpens his axe" is a great way to put it..

These ATRs are in that position through no fault of their own. BloomKlein are on a "close down public school open charter school" frenzy. The teachers let go from these positions are invited to apply for positions at the new schools that open up, but do you honestly think a principal will hire a teacher making 100K when they could get two new teachers for that money??
The Bloomberg-loving press makes it seem as though the teachers are to blame for the mess. How dare they not have positions and not be able to find any!! Klein proposes firing them after a year. We've all been screaming for him to be fired for many years, yet nothing happens. The UFT sould not be vilified for trying to protect these teachers jobs. It's the least they could do. If the city has spent $134 million on them this year, too bad. They made the mess, they can figure out a way to fix it.