From the NY Post:
Isn't this what the commies used to do? To ensure full employment they would hire far more people than were needed at their inefficient and dysfunctional industrial complexes. Apparently the United Federation of teachers managed to upgrade the pay ($100,000) and keep the level of non-work and dysfunction the same. NYC schools are a disaster and the UFT is only one of the reasons why.
In the city's funny math, you get only one teacher for the price of two.
The Department of Education pays about 1,500 teachers for time they spend on union activities -- and pays other teachers to replace them in the classroom.
It's a sweetheart deal that costs taxpayers an extra $9 million a year to pay fill-ins for instructors who are sprung -- at full pay -- to carry out responsibilities for the United Federation of Teachers.
With Mayor Bloomberg calling for thousands of teacher layoffs to balance the 2012 budget, critics say it's time to halt the extravagant benefit.
"In these tight fiscal times, it defies common sense to pay two different people to do one job," said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a government watchdog. "It's a waste of money."
That $9 million would cover the salaries of 198 new teachers at the current annual $45,530 starting pay
The DOE lets 40 experienced teachers collect top pay and fringe benefits, but work just one class period a day.
As public service unions come under greater scrutiny, expect more revelations to be made public. This is just the beginning.