From the February 1, 2010 New York Post:
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.
In 2001, six eighth-graders at IS 347 in Queens accused Rosenfeld, a typing teacher who filled in for an absent dean, of making comments like "You have a sexy body," asking one whether she had a boyfriend and making others feel uncomfortable with creepy leers.Rosenfeld can't be fired, because the union contract does not allow it. He collects a salary of $100,049 per year, plus full health benefits, and a pension that would be $82,000 per year if he retired now. That pension will grow $1700 per year for every year he stays in the rubber room. Rosenfeld is the oldest and most senior of more than 100 teachers in the "rubber room."
Gee, I wonder why they have a budget shortfall?