The 2016 UFT Election Campaign Continues – Visiting Schools Via Webcam

Virtual School Visits

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 … 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 ordered my locks changed during NYS Math Test

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

Linda Hill retirement

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 – helps access school records like emails and personnel files

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… Click Here to Read More

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

Hal Friedlander CIO

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

Amnesia 1

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


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 crossing … 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