A Big Victory for Transparency in NYC Schools

“…remember the names of the lions at the main library: Patience and Fortitude. There is a terrible urge to lash out wildly in protest of injustice. Resist the urge. The battle must be won in the courts, but cases must be legally sound.” Click Here to Read More

Throwback Thursday- How to Distract Students Taking State Tests

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Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. Click Here to Read More

Principal Linda Hill Pays $801 Restitution and Announces Her Retirement

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My phone was abuzz today as messages started coming in. The messages were informing me that Principal Linda Hill made an announcement to the IS 49 staff that she will be retiring this June. “Are ya happy and excited?” I was asked. The answer is “No.” Principal Hill will now continue to take the money she stole to through retirement. Click Here to Read More

FOIL Friday – EduFOIL.com helps access school records like emails and personnel files

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If you have been following my blog, then you know that I love the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The records I obtained have been crucial weapons in the fight back and attempts to expose corruption in our schools. However, it almost becomes a full time job to make requests, manage and follow up with denials and appeals. It’s not like schools want to just open the books. Now there is a service that can help the novice and even experienced “FOILer” obtain a wide assortment of records… EduFOIL.com Click Here to Read More

A Year Ago Today: NYC Dept. of Education Jails Whistleblower When No Crime Committed

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It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I was in a jail cell when when DOE Chief Information Officer (CIO) Hal Friedlander made an allegation when no crime was committed. Meanwhile Principal Linda Hill admitted to stealing for years and over two dozen DOE employees, two chancellor’s and two mayors helped cover it up…no arrests, no fines…not even a disciplinary letter. Click Here to Read More

NYC DOE’s Million Dollar Cover-Up of a Staten Island Principal’s Theft

In the DOE, it's only Double Dipping if you get caught.

With a budget of over $25 billion, an employee roster of over 136,000 and over 1,400 buildings to manage, there is plenty of room for theft and corruption at the New York City Department of Education. Click Here to Read More

UFT and DOE agree: If it’s not in the contract, you could be made an ATR at anytime.

Mayor de Blasio, UFT President Mulgrew and Chancellor Farina laugh at the new contract that is ignored.

[UPDATE: The below post is the original from November 2014. The only difference is the letter from the UFT Grievance Department indicating they will not be representing this case in arbitration. It’s located at the … Click Here to Read More

Some DOE Employees Suffer from “SAD” – Sudden Amnesia Disorder

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I’m just past the three-year mark from when my fight began. By “fight” I mean I raised real concerns about public education, the Department of Education came after my career, in an attempt to cover up their misconduct, and… I “fought” back. I must have hit some of these DOE employees back pretty hard, because they suddenly forgot everything! Click Here to Read More

Harassed Employees Can File a DDC Complaint Against Attorneys Involved in Harassment

Whether harassed NYC DOE employees know it or not, there is at least one attorney assisting in the harassment every step of the way. When administrators are engaged in unethical acts, so are their attorneys. Perhaps we haven’t found someone who holds the administrators accountable (waiting for de Blasio/Fariña), but we do have a group that can hold the attorneys to ethical standards. The DDC or Departmental Disciplinary Committee. Click Here to Read More

My Official DOE Personnel File Undergoes Cell Division

According to the UFT-DOE Agreement, an employee is supposed to have only one official file. I seem to have several unofficial ones. Grievance time. Click Here to Read More

De Blasio/Fariña to Shift Power from Principals to Crossing Guards

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In an unexpected and unprecedented move to undo the Bloomberg “Principal as CEO” school governance, the de Blasio/Fariña administration is designating absolute power to…the … Click Here to Read More

NYC Public Advocate Joins in SLT Transparency Issue

 

One of the reasons this blog even exists is because of the concerns I raised at the IS 49 School Leadership Team (SLT) meetings. Yesterday, January 7, 2014 NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and Class … Click Here to Read More

Bloomberg-Klein’s – “The Leftovers” #TBT

Here is my two minute speech where I point out some “Leftovers” on the Panel. Not saying it was the best speech, but I enjoy exercising my rights to speak up. You should too. Keep an eye on the chancellor as my name is called. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I thought it was a bit amusing and I freeze framed it a bit. Click Here to Read More

I Loathe Bullies

NYC DOE Legal and Bullies

Administrators,

Know that as you are retaliating on whistleblowers, pushing out veteran teachers or destroying the careers of new ones, you are most likely being legally recorded. Your emails and finances are being obtained through FOIL. You will be exposed. Your senior field counsel, and if necessary network and cluster leaders, will be exposed as well. Social media is our media. Perhaps your best recourse is to support and collaborate with your staff, students and parents. Tread lightly… Click Here to Read More

Johnny Appleseed of Engineering and Unionism

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Since May 12, 2014, I have estimated that I taught over 2,000 students in Staten Island. From Pre-K to 8th grade. To repeat the first words ever written on this blog early 2012…. “My name is Francesco Portelos and I love my job!” Click Here to Read More

FOIL FRIDAY- How the Goliaths at Tweed Hide

“Please be advised that since Francesco Portelos requests emails that have the word “Portelos” between us, we will all start using the acronym FP instead. Thank you.” Click Here to Read More