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.
After years of working under … Click Here to Read More
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
“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
…except I was never told about it. I was apparently ineligible, because I am a very, very bad person. I’m a bad teacher and a bad union activist. Click Here to Read More
I hope no one dresses as a whistleblower this Halloween, because you are not welcomed here in NYC DOE. Click Here to Read More
I was just at another UFT Executive Board meeting at 52 Broadway. John Silvers, veteran teacher and fellow ATR, came and spoke. He shared our frustration about the many teachers who teach out … Click Here to Read More
Follow up support for a U Rated teacher. The post , post observation. Click Here to Read More
When the DOE lawyers and supervisors couldn’t get me on misconduct, they will now try to call me incompetent. Two U ratings in just the first two weeks of school. Let’s Go! Click Here to Read More
In this series we are going to place a spotlight on observations and how they are used as a tool to cause harm and not support teaching and learning.
Today, just take some time … Click Here to Read More
Whilst working on my federal lawsuit, I came across this old video I took of myself teaching in 2011. This was before I spoke up. Before the rubber room. Before false arrest. Before I knew … Click Here to Read More
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
In total, the Bloomberg -Klein era attempted to terminate 2,816 UFT members and Chancellor Farina and the Leftovers continue the attack. Click Here to Read More
Over two years ago many were telling me I would never teach again. People I knew and strangers, who read that I had been exiled to the notorious rubber room, agreed I was up against … Click Here to Read More
I’m assigned to teach Italian (I don’t speak Italian) Click Here to Read More
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
A section of my blog I have not touched in over 2.5 years. The “Thank You” emails I received before I raised concerns and became a “bad teacher.” Click Here to Read More
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
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
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
Dear anyone who tries to curb my rights and my speech,
Happy 4th of July!
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States … Click Here to Read More
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
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
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
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
Yes, since school video surveillance is funded through public funds, you can obtain it through FOIL. Click Here to Read More
As I start to write this post, I am on the Staten Island Ferry heading to 49-51 Chambers Street. That building is across the street from the Tweed Courthouse, home of DOE central. I … Click Here to Read More
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
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
I haven’t blogged much in the last three weeks since my decision came in and I was returned to the front of the classroom. It’s a big change to go from 6 hrs and 50 minutes … Click Here to Read More
I was going to write about my return to the classroom sooner, but didn’t have time. It’s not like I’m sitting around all day. Click Here to Read More
If you are reading this, then you should have read the previous post on the decision.
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
This really is turning to be more like a John Grisham novel. I can’t wait to see the movie. (Francesco Portelos played by Denzel Washington?)
I come home to find a thick envelope in … Click Here to Read More
Lately, I have been so busy with so many tasks and personal things that it has been tough to find time and really sit and write good posts. We have been working on DTOE.org … Click Here to Read More
Today, at 2:22 PM, will be exactly two years since I taught a class.
You tell me.
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This post is dedicated to another young teacher who was discontinued TODAY, under the Fariña administration, for daring to question why students weren’t receiving proper services. Click Here to Read More
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
Continuing with what appears to be a successful weekly program here at EducatorFightsBack.org… Donors Choose-Day Every Tuesday. (Except last week due to vacation mode)
We have had projects fully funded since I started this … Click Here to Read More
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
Continuing with our effort to get donors to support teacher’s classroom projects every Tuesday with Donors Choose…
“My students live in an urban neighborhood and attend a … Click Here to Read More
Before we get to Ms. Soto’s class from PS 13. I want to update you on the past two Donor Choose-Day projects.
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
You may have already read about the epidemic, in regards to railroading young and new teachers in order to obliterate … Click Here to Read More
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
[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
Please consider giving just $10 or more to Ms. Wilber for a Donors Choose Gift Card.
High School M560-City As School in New York, NY | 12th grade | Highest Poverty Click Here to Read More
Over the summer I had the idea to start writing DonorsChoose.org proposals for teachers who were too busy to do it. For those who do not know, DonorsChoose.org is a great site where generous philanthropists … Click Here to Read More
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
Unfortunately, our colleagues are still under attack three months into the new administration. The lawyers that ran the last administration are still in power and we need to educate ourselves in order to survive. Click Here to Read More
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
It appears as though, the new administration has not flushed out any of the attorneys that run the NYC Department of Education yet. Their poor decisions have negatively affected the lives of countless educators and … Click Here to Read More
It’s pretty surreal to go from missing union meetings during my probationary years to becoming UFT Chapter Leader and now running for a NY State United Teachers (NYSUT) position this April.
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For those not up to date on the lingo, TBT or Throw Back Thursday is in reference to the act of posting pictures or sharing memories from the past. It’s becoming an increasingly popular term … Click Here to Read More
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
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
Tired of being abused with extra work that isn’t helping your students, less time, less autonomy and not even a raise since 2009? Don’t be angry …just “hack” the payroll system like I did and take what you worked hard for. Click Here to Read More
You think it’s by accident that there is a high turnover rate for teachers these days? You think the new “rigorous” standards are to get all the millions of children college and career ready?
… Click Here to Read More
On Wednesday February 12, 2014 at around 6pm we finally heard “nothing further” from both sides. Closing arguments were now compete and my 3020-a termination hearing was over. We were official off the record and … Click Here to Read More
In January of 2014 , Sue Edelman of the NY Post labeled PS 106 in Queens “The School of No.” They allegedly had no books and a no show principal or rather that … Click Here to Read More
On September 27, 2013 the education news was a buzz here in NYC over the lawsuit filed by Mike Bloomberg and the NYC DOE vs the United Federation of Teachers. The City was basically stating … Click Here to Read More
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
A sitting duck. That’s what I felt like when this story first started to unfold.
Actually looking back now I think it was a David versus Goliath situation except I had no sling … Click Here to Read More
What is an Absent Teacher Reserve or ATR and why should you care?
Wikipedia defines it as: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absent_Teacher_Reserve
Absent Teacher Reserve refers to teachers that have lost their daily teaching positions, but are reassigned to substitute for … Click Here to Read More
Her name is Jennifer and she is in her early twenties. She wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl. Her mother was a teacher. Her father was a teacher. Both are … Click Here to Read More
I have been pretty open in my criticism of the UFT leadership on this blog and other forums. There is no doubt that I have voiced my opinion that the largest local in the United … Click Here to Read More
As I write this post I sit in an empty conference room on the 7th floor of of 49-51 Chambers Street, NY NY. I have my bagel and I’m waiting for the rest of … Click Here to Read More
This is Part 7 of the SCI Files
A little Spy vs Spy perhaps?
As I was preparing for my case, I came across … Click Here to Read More
I’m proud and happy to share a post sent to me by a great friend and teacher advocate…DOEnuts:
remember you can join our DTOE mail support group by emailing a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org
… Click Here to Read More
Wait! Not so fast. Don’t go too far former Chancellor Dennis Walcott and former Superintendent Erminia Claudio.
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For almost two months I had a Google Alert for the words “de Blasio and chancellor“, … Click Here to Read More
We start a new series here at EducatorFightsBack.org and take a deeper look into the multimillion dollar investigation system and the people who work there.
Ladies and Gentlemen…boys and girls…fellow taxpayers…I have seen … Click Here to Read More
I hope all those who celebrate it had a Merry Christmas and everyone has a happy new year. I was going to post this last Friday, but I finally started testifying in my termination hearing. … Click Here to Read More
Over the last two years I’ve said a lot. I’ve said it over the phone and in person. I’ve said it in front of a camera and sometimes live. I’ve text it, blogged it, tweeted … Click Here to Read More
There are roughly 136,000 employees that work within the NYC Department of Education. I believe it is safe to say that every single … Click Here to Read More
According to the daily counter on my smartphone, today is 600 days since I last taught a class. I can bore you with the details … Click Here to Read More
It was December 13, 2011. A group of adults had pushed several student’s desks together and sat around them in room 129 of Berta Dreyfus Intermediate School 49. The group was comprised of teachers and … Click Here to Read More