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The Rubber Room

Synopsis

The Rubber Room exposes how New York City wastes tens of millions a year warehousing hundreds of teachers who have been removed from the classroom, all while denying their right to due process. Accused of misconduct and incompetence, these teachers are forced to report to the "rubber room," a name that captures teachers’ desolate feeling of entrapment. Teachers spend weeks, months, even years in the rubber room, where they are not allowed to work but still collect their full salaries. A deeply disturbing exposé of how unions and government are colluding to squander huge sums of taxpayer dollars, this film depicts how the New York City education system has failed its children while blatantly disregarding the First Amendment. Official Film Website

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This film helped raise awareness about the rubber rooms—and New York has now promised to eliminate them. But will it? What about in your own city? —Film Fact

Credits

GENRE
Documentary feature
DIRECTOR/ EDITOR/ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Jeremy Garrett
WRITER
Justin Cegnar
TOTAL RUNNING TIME
78 minutes

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Events

  • 5.14.13The Rubber Room screens at the United Film Festival in New York, at Cobble Hill Cinemas at 7pm. More information here.
  • 10.11.12The Rubber Room screens at the Urban MediaMakers Film Festival in Norcross, GA. More information here.
  • 7.4.12The Rubber Room screens at the NewFilmmakers New York Summer Film Festival Series. More information here.
  • 10.23.10The Rubber Room screens at the Astoria/LIC International Film Festival. More information here.
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