In New York City in 2000-07, only eight teachers out of 55,000 were terminated for poor performance. Why? Because as one supervisor said, "Dismissing a tenured teacher is not a process. It's a career." New York City has a number of teachers who, unfit for the classroom but not subject to termination, sit all day in what are called "rubber rooms," doing nothing while receiving full pay and benefits.
- From John Steele Gordon's review in The New Criterion (January 2024) of Not Accountable: Rethinking the Constitutionality of Public Employee Unions by Philip K. Howard