It’s easy to see why New York City has a $4 billion deficit. New York City bureaucrats are idiots. Years ago the teachers’ union negotiated a deal with the NY Department of Education where teachers who were fired were not actually fired, but sent to the “rubber room” to sit for 7 hours a day for years while receiving full pay and benefits for doing nothing. Although the teachers were found unfit to teach, they continued on the payroll indefinitely. No sane person/government/business would ever agree to such a stupid scheme, but the DOE did. This is what happens when government spends taxpayers’ money, i.e., government doesn’t care about the cost of anything because IT’S NOT SPENDING IT”S MONEY! It’s spending our money.
New York Post: “Easy money for millionaire exile. A Queens teacher who collects a $100,000 salary for doing nothing spends time in a Department of Education ‘rubber room’ working on his law practice and managing 12 real-estate properties worth an estimated $7.8 million, The Post found. Alan Rosenfeld hasn’t set foot in a classroom for nearly a decade since he was accused in 2001 of making lewd comments to junior-high girls and “staring at their butts,” yet the department still pays him handsomely for sitting on his own butt seven hours a day. . . . Rosenfeld simply collects his $100,049 salary — top scale for teachers — plus full health benefits and the promise of a fat pension, about $82,000 a year if he were to retire today.”