About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.

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 – EduFOIL.com 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… EduFOIL.com 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