Portelos vs DOE. Why we lost at trial.

In case you haven’t heard by now, my federal lawsuit did not end the way we wanted it to. By “we” I do not mean just me, my lawyers and family, but rather “we” as also a countless group of educators, across the country, who needed a win against corruption and harassment in our public schools. Click Here to Read More

Green Light for Trial by Jury- Portelos v DOE et al

It has been a long time coming, but we finally go to trial this Monday August 15, 2016.

Over four years. Over 900 phone calls between my attorney Bryan Glass, Esq. and I. Not to mention over … Click Here to Read More

What the DOE can do to vocal and veteran teachers. It can happen to you.

Vocal? Veteran teacher? This can happen to you. Stay strong! Click Here to Read More

UFT Union Corruption. Where’s the money going? Who Cares?

The DOE has a $27 billion dollar budget. There is a lot of room for that money to go missing here and there. I certainly wrote enough about how it’s done on this blog. Part of that $27 billion goes to UFT members in the form of salaries. They in turn pay union dues and some of it goes for political action (COPE). But then what? Click Here to Read More

Let’s Talk About Fighting Corruption in Our School System. Forum May 14th.

Four years ago today was the last time I taught at IS 49. I was exiled for exposing corruption. Here I am, four years later, running for UFT President and running a conference on corruption in our schools. When it came to fight or flight, I chose FIGHT! Click Here to Read More

Association for Union Democracy Finds Solidarity a “New Kind of Opposition in the UFT”

Last fall, UFT Solidarity caucus members met with Association for Union Democracy founder Herman Benson. We were asking him many questions regarding the upcoming UFT elections and he invited us to his home in Queens to … Click Here to Read More

Throwback Thursday: When the DOE grasped at straws and had me arrested 2 years ago.

Hard to believe that two years ago today I was sitting in a holding cell when no crime was event l even committed. Here in this country. Here in this city. Done by a hypocritical school system that puts an American flag in front of every classroom. Click Here to Read More

UFT Investigation Closed…I Think. The Battle for UFT Nurses Continues.

Last Wednesday I was finally called and asked to come in and answer to the investigation. I was supposed to go in tomorrow, Wednesday December 2nd. However, I did not know what the allegations were… Click Here to Read More

UFT Leadership Takes Steps to Expel Mulgrew Challenger from Union Before Election

The Executive Board by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its members present shall have the power to expel, or to suspend for a term not exceeding one year, Click Here to Read More

The 2016 UFT Election Campaign Continues – Visiting Schools Via Webcam

Recently UFT Solidarity, began getting requests from chapter leaders to come speak at their school. Now I, and almost all the other UFT Solidarity candidates are actively working. This makes visiting schools during school time almost impossible. But it is 2015, so we have made arrangements with staff to have virtual visits like the one below. Click Here to Read More

Mayor and School’s Chancellor Call it Counseling, We Call it Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying Awareness week ends tomorrow, but workplace bullying continues and escalates in the New York City Department of Education.

I know I don’t write on this blog as often as I used to. There … Click Here to Read More

There is hope in the system – Myra S. Barnes IS 24 Staten Island

Last Friday I finished my “temporary” assignment at Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 in Staten Island, NY. I have been there since January 20, 2015 as I was originally placed … Click Here to Read More

“Issues at Your School” – An email no NYC principal wants to receive

Turning the tables. That’s what progressive caucus UFT Solidarity began to do when members contact us that they are under warrantless attack. For almost a decade NYC DOE administrators had unfettered power to destroy careers. Problem with a teacher … Click Here to Read More

Final Report on Principal Hill is Published -Falls Short of Finding All Misconduct.

EXTRA! EXTRA! Final report on Principal Linda Hill misconduct finally out 1,224 days after allegation made. Click Here to Read More

The Rise of UFT Solidarity- Rallies, Advocacy, Support and More

NYC Educators,

There is a group of educators in NYC like no other. It advocates for UFT members better than the UFT itself.  It educates members and arms them with tools as well as stands with those … Click Here to Read More

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

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