Get real. NYC teachers know this BS deal. The NYC DOE is infamous for shipping off to the rubber room "whistle blowers." They trump up charges and make a 3020a case when a teacher is a threatening presence by vocally calling attention to problems or issues in the school.
Here are the stories of four:
Josh Gutterman (not "rubber roomed," just tormented)
Please read their stories and take a minute to learn and understand how vile this NYC Department of Education practice is. It is easy to have a long career in teaching in NYC if you are a lemming and a good toches lekker. And it helps to be a good spy and rat out teachers who are simply in their conversation implying the school is anything less than excellent. And make sure your room is decorated like a super sweet 16 party. But, if an excellent teacher is vocally critical about school policy or the administration... she is vulnerable for the "rubber room." And a mediocre teacher who, when asked how the school is, replies: "It's good," will be nominated for "Teacher of the Year." It's time to shine a light on this vile and wisepread agenda and expose it once and for all. All you need to succeed in teaching in NYC is evidence of a shiny brown nose.
“In the Soviet Union, the government silenced dissidents by placing them in psychiatric institutions; in New York City, the Department of Education silences teachers by placing them in ‘rubber rooms.’ I am fortunate that students and teachers speak for me.” — Michael Thomas
I applaud you Michael Thomas and I am proud to side with you, support you, and you are a role model for all who out of fear have as their mantra: "I don't want to get involved." Get involved. You go UFT! UFT forever! Randi Weingarten rocks!