The public radio show, This American Life (350: Human Resources), recently included a piece about NYC DOE's Rubber Rooms. Download a podcast or listen to it online at
The true story of little-known rooms in the New York City Board of Education building. Teachers are told to report there instead of their classrooms. No reason is usually given. When they arrive, they find they've been put on some kind of probationary status, and they must report every day until the matter is cleared up. They call it the Rubber Room. Average length of stay? Months, sometimes years. Plus other stories of the uneasy interaction between humans and their institutions. The Rubber Room story was produced by Joe Richman and the good people at Radio Diaries.
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And thanks to David B for slideshow and posting here (part 1 9:30 minutes):