We’re all used to seeing familiar hot buttons when cities and teachers’ unions negotiate. Professional days, teacher-to-student ratios, healthcare benefits, and numbers of classes per instructor rarely make headlines anymore. But parking?

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio made big headlines when he gave 50,000 city parking permits to teachers, making the union happy but others—including other city leaders and activists—worry the new placards will lead to even more abuse of parking privileges in New York. Now, even the New York Times has jumped into the fray with a story about “The New Math of Parking Placards.”

Parking and education: Who knew? Read the whole story here.