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700 NYC Teachers Paid to do Nothing

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If you have a chance try to pick up John Stossel's Myths Lies and Downright Stupidity. Stossel has a great libertarian outlook on everything from education to the EEOC. One of the tidbits which steamed me when I read it, was the fact that a number of NYC teachers are paid to do nothing. These are teachers who should not be allowed near children but cannot be terminated without lengthy (read years) proceedings due to union contracts.

Stossel does not list the count of these teachers but Yahoo News has an article listing 700 teachers who are paid to play scrabble, do yoga or tai chi while they await their fate.