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

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

Chancellor Fariña: If it’s not in the UFT Contract, we can make anyone an ATR

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

Below you will hear audio of the chancellor’s representative stating that just because something is not in the contract “it doesn’t prohibit” the DOE from doing it to members.

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After years of working under … 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

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

Back to School with a New Position -Ambassador Teacher on Rotation

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A quick recap of the summer and an email for a new position I was assigned by the DOE. Ambassador Teacher on Rotation. Excited to get back to school. Click Here to Read More