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>> Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired.

A teacher caught selling drugs in class would get a three-day suspension without pay with mandatory counseling, but wouldn’t be fired unless the teacher did it a second time.
One of the most scandalous manifestations of teacher tenure was the so-called “rubber rooms” of New York City. According to The New York Daily News, at any given time an average of 700 teachers were being paid not to teach (they instead reported to “rubber rooms”) while the district jumped through the hoops (imposed by the union contract and the law) needed to pursue discipline or termination.

When the rubber rooms were done away with, how did the teachers and their union respond? They filed grievances against the district. <<

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