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

From the Frustration & Chaos a New UFT Group Emerges

No longer can we sit by as educators are blamed for all of societies problems and are systematically attacked. No longer can we sit by as UFT member after UFT member continues to go home unhappy with the dignity and respect sucked out of their work environment. We CAN work together to improve our profession in solidarity. Click Here to Read More

FOIL Friday – Did Those Incidents Get Reported or Swept Under the Rug?

The Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS) is what is used to keep track of all incidents that occur in or around a NYC DOE school. At one point, the school I tried to improve had 1,283 incidents in 180 days. That is an average of 7.12 incidents a day or roughly an incident a period. Click Here to Read More

Tenure is for Girls! [and others who speak up]

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Seriously… Is it not? Read Below.

Over a year ago I FOILed the number of probationary (nontenured) teachers discontinued in the NYC DOE in the last two years. I know, I could have just asked the UFT, … Click Here to Read More

Dissecting the Pirozzolo vs State of NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

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The fight for a proper public education in this country is multifaceted. If you want to get involved, you have to pick a front and get ready for battle. My issue is that I get involved on … Click Here to Read More

FOIL FRIDAY – Who Took the Position You Applied For?

Well I’ll tell you that I am very curious to know the background of who is hired for these positions that I was not qualified for. A new teacher right out of college? Someone with a Common Branch license and no science or technology experience? Only one way to find out…. Click Here to Read More

A Case For Teacher Tenure Part 3 – The Rest of the Charges

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We continue with charges, from my 3020-a termination, hearing where Arbitrator Felice Busto sustained the specifications including bringing notoriety and ridicule to the DOE. Click Here to Read More

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 2 – Guilty…As Charged?

Principal Hill on cross questioning by NYSUT Attorney Christopher Callagy.

In Part 1 I shared all the charges against me that were dismissed by thearbitrator from my termination hearing. Those did not include the over 25 allegations and investigations against me that were unsubstantiated. Do not mistake investigations with charges. All in all, with investigations and charges, the Department of Education has taken over 50 shots at my career and missed. Thanks TENURE!!

Now for some of the charges that were sustained by Arbitrator Felice Busto. Click Here to Read More

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 1 – The Dismissed Charges

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Again, I spoke up on issues of PUBLIC CONCERN and had I not been tenured, I would have been fired. Click Here to Read More

Today’s Rally at Tweed

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If you do some research on the actual construction of the Tweed Courthouse, you will find that it was actually built on the back of corruption. It was built using funds provided by the corrupt Click Here to Read More

FOIL Friday – DOE Attorney’s Personnel File FOIL 10,000

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The DOE FOIL Unit numbers their FOIL requests sequentially. FOIL has been a tremendous help in my fight. It really comes down Knowledge is Power, so Arm Yourself. To learn about FOIL click RESOURCES at the top of this site or our DTOE.org. Click Here to Read More

DOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire.

I want to say that I write this with overwhelming glee. I want to say that I write this while in a state of euphoria and with a Kool-Aid smile, but unfortunately I cannot. Click Here to Read More

I’m Under a NEW Investigation. Yes, Really.

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I wish I was making this up. More lemons….more lemonade.

I was called to the DOE’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI). I was called in as a witness to something. When I returned to my … Click Here to Read More

Joel Klein’s Attorneys are Still Deeply Rooted in @NYCSchools

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Educators and parents,
It’s been a tough decade for us here in NYC. Unfortunately, many of those responsible for the poor policy, including emphasis on high stakes testing, school closures and co-location, are still … Click Here to Read More

SCI 10 – SCI Tampers with Video Evidence?

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I recorded the video on my phone on April 18, 2012 and was removed a week later. I have been out for over 700 days now. Before I sent it to SCI, or anyone, I ran it through a video editing program. I did that so I can hide the young girl’s identity to abide by COPPA and FERPA laws and focus on that part of the hallway. The original was a wider angle. When the laws describe hiding the identity of children, they don’t only mean visual, but all biometric features. This includes voice. Click Here to Read More

FOIL Friday – What Did the Principal Say About You? Where is the Money?

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Imagine you can see the emails of the principal and assistant principal where you are mentioned. “If Ms. Smith wants to bring up the UFT, then let’s go observe her class. Maybe she will think twice next time.”
Did you email the superintendent and never hear back? Imagine you can see if they forwarded the email to others.
Do you believe the funds in your community school are being misappropriated? Imagine you can see where the money is going and what the recent audit done on your school looks like. Click Here to Read More

701 Days in Educator Exile. “No Big Deal?”

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[Note: there was an error and this did not post properly, so I re-posted.]

 

“In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey.” -Beck

Look, relax…it’s no big deal. We are just … Click Here to Read More

SCI 9 – Commissioner Suddenly Finds “Errors” in their Investigation

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We continue with the The SCI Files

There has to be a professional and adult way of saying “Told you so!”  Sit down and grab some popcorn again, because the craziness never ends here with this … Click Here to Read More

[UPDATED] DOE’s Workplace Bullying Continues – My 33 Hours Behind Bars

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I didn’t think that I would have to update my “Allegations Against Mr. Portelos” list again, but unfortunately I did. Those who have been working tirelessly to end my career hit a new … Click Here to Read More

SCI Part 8 – Planting Files and Confiscating Computers

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This is Part 8 of the SCI Files.

Today is February 28, 2014 and 674 days that I am out of the classroom. It … Click Here to Read More

Case Tracker – 20 Investigations Closed, Whitewashed or Left Open

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In the wake of the PS 106Q Marcella Sills “School of No” fiasco, I decided to make a list of the cases I initiated, or knew about, pertaining to my own community school … Click Here to Read More

Projector and Union Busting Trumps Safety Concerns?

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This morning I attempted to have another United Federation of Teachers meeting with the members that weathered the traffic conditions and made it in early at my school. Remember that for the entire time I … Click Here to Read More