NEW YORK - (AP) - Hundreds of New York City teachers who are paidfull salaries to do nothing while they await disciplinary hearingswill be released from the city's "rubber rooms" this fall.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the teachers' union announced a dealtoday that will reassign most of the teachers to administrative ornonclassroom work while their cases are pending.
Paying teachers full salary and operating the temporaryreassignment centers have cost the city tens of millions of dollarsa year.
The city says 650 educators, mostly teachers, are in the rubberrooms today. Some have spent years in the centers playing Scrabble,reading or surfing the Internet.
School officials have blamed union rules that make it difficultto fire teachers. Teachers have said they are singled out unfairly.