I tweeted this recently, but there are 700 NYC teachers being paid to do nothing while the teachers union keeps them on the payroll, obstructing their firings for negligence, incompetence, or sexual harassment. It’s costing taxpayers $65 million per year. Here’s a great New Yorker article on the subject from last week. It’s a common labor story:
The United Federation of Teachers, the U.F.T., was founded in 1960. Before that, teachers endured meagre salaries, tyrannical principals, witch hunts for Communists, and gender discrimination against a mostly female workforce (at one point, there was a rule requiring any woman who got pregnant to take a two-year unpaid leave). By the time Bloomberg took office, forty-two years later, many education reformers believed that the U.F.T. and its political allies had gained so much clout that it had become impossible for the city’s Board of Education, which already shared a lot of power with local boards, to maintain effective school oversight.