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Old 10-12-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default Gotta love those union jobs!

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/05/...olicy+News.%29


A New York City teacher has set up a blog and livestream to document the day-to-day of his $75,000-a-year job at a Staten Island middle school. If that sounds mundane, that’s exactly the point: he claims he’s being paid not to teach.

It’s been more than two years since New York shuttered its infamous “rubber rooms” – where teachers who couldn’t be fired due to union rules killed time on the taxpayers’ dime. But Intermediate School 49 teacher Francesco Portelos says he hasn’t set foot in a classroom in about half a year, but continues to draw a full salary.

Portelos has created a website to document his allegations, along with a livestream broadcasting his time spent out of the classroom. He spends his days in “a conference room with a table and chairs and filing cabinets. That’s it. I’m not given any work. It feels like I’m a rat in a cage.”

“I want people to see where their tax dollars are going,” Portelos told the New York Daily News. “I’m getting paid $75,000 to sit around.”

Portelos alleges that he was removed from the classroom after he blew the whistle on financial misconduct by school administrators. The school says he was “extremely difficult to work with” and that there are “multiple investigations pending against him.”

But whether or not Portelos was exposed wrongdoing or was guilty of it himself, he appears to have adequately documented the continued use of practices to which New York City officials say they put a stop.

Indeed, Portelos’s website has become something of a clearinghouse for “rubber room” allegations. One blog post compiled a list of such rooms supposedly scattered throughout the city.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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I wonder if the worst part of his day is when the guys with guns show up at his house and force him to his cage for the day?
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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Yeah, I have to agree. He should quit. But he's justifying it as being a watchdog.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:22 AM   #4
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Him quitting isn't going to hurt anyone but himself. It's not going to change the system and his salary is costing the average New Yorker less than a penny per year. It might clear his conscience, but it might also starve his children.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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Thats the same sort of reasoning people who suck up un needed government benefits use to sleep at night. They tell themselves that I am just one person and it makes no difference that I am scamming the system.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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Thats the same sort of reasoning people who suck up un needed government benefits use to sleep at night. They tell themselves that I am just one person and it makes no difference that I am scamming the system.
No, that's the type of reasoning that lets their kids sleep at night, indoors. If he quit his job, chances are he'd be on the government dole anyway. What would you do, sport?
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I wouldnt bitch about a system I am gaming, thats for sure.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #8
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No, that's the type of reasoning that lets their kids sleep at night, indoors. If he quit his job, chances are he'd be on the government dole anyway. What would you do, sport?
I'd spend all that free time finding another job
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:18 AM   #9
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I'd spend all that free time finding another job
Can a teacher just find another job like that? I thought you had to get your tenure, etc? Maybe someone with teaching experience can answer.

If he is being treated this way because he was a whistleblower, that's not his fault... but they can't retaliate against him... they should find a new place for him to teach.

Can teachers be transferred to other places... or is that allowed? I wonder if that would be considered retaliation... or if he can opt for that.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:04 AM   #10
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Teachers can be transferred to other schools within the same district, but that's it. Since education is primarily funded at the local level, that provides them with a measure of autonomy. Different taxpayers are paying teachers' salaries for my district than for the one in the next county, for example. Now, in MS the retirement system as funded at the state level, so they won't lose their seniority as far as that goes, but if they want to move to a different school district, they have to apply there.
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I think Pink is more likely on the right track here. I am going to compare it to how thinkgs work in police work because that is what I know and it is also a gubbment job.

If a police officer uses deadly force, there is a complaint (with actual substance) that he violated law, or viloted a major deptartmental policy, etc. He is place on a Administrative Leave until the incident is cleared or substantiated. Depending on the incident he could be a "light duty" doing admin work somewhere in the dept or being payed to stay at home.

If this guy is a whistle blower they probably want to keep him under thier thumb as much as they can and being a whistle blower they probably do not want him in too much "admin" work. If he is a liar and a pain in the ass they aprobably keeping him there to keep him under thumb a bit. Either way I see it as a teacher's version of Administrative Leave.
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