As reported here, the New York City school system is spending about $65 million a year to pay a few hundred teachers NOT TO TEACH.
Turns out that union rules make it very, very difficult to fire a teacher accused of misconduct, so instead, the teachers simply report to what is known as the "rubber room" and do what they want for eight hours a day. Play games, surf the web, chat on their cell phones...whatever gets them through the day.
The story says stints of "two to three years are common," and that some teachers have been pulling down their paychecks for five or six years, at a rate of $70,000 a year or more. Of course, as teachers, they get to go home for the summer.
According to the story, Los Angeles does the same thing for a couple hundred teachers, and it's not unheard of in other cities as well.
Just another something to keep in mind the next time a politician tells you taxes have to be raised because the budgets have been "cut to the bone."
Your tax dollars at "work."