The Teacher Reassignment Centers (“rubber rooms”) were an affront to taxpayers, a waste of productivity and an insult to human rights. At last they have been busted up. Much has been written about the agreement that ended them and there is a lot of speculation about what the future will bring.
Certainly the reaction to the abolition of the TRCs has been on the whole celebratory. The terms of their dissolution have been presented and analyzed at length. This post will not add to the discussion or make judgments about the settlement’s conditions or make observations about the DOE. Instead I will share a concern and make an appeal to our Edwize readers.
Many of our fellow professional educators who are currently in a TRC will before long return to schools and be amongst their former colleagues. This return has the potential to be a very joyous occasion but also a quite stressful one. Much depends on the sensitivity and discretion of the personalities in the school environment. It is important that our colleagues be welcomed back with a full and embracing spirit and be graciously supported in every way.
Such “open arms” would be a defining moment and finest hour for every school family.