How will stimulus dollars affect union contracts? It's a question remaining to be answered and at the heart of??this New Yorker piece on the Big Apple's Rubber Rooms. Therein, Steven Brill weaves a tale that will make you laugh--or cry--about a few colorful characters who currently sit in teacher detention on charges of misconduct and/or incompetence. He also raises some interesting questions, like how seniority and tenure will hold back a system like New York's from getting some of Arne Duncan's Race to the Top kitty. But whether you're looking for a piquant narrative or a more serious discussion of the consequences of a calicified system, this article is a good read.

For past??Gadfly coverage of the famed Rubber Rooms, see??here and??here.

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