About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.

UFT Union Corruption. Where’s the money going? Who Cares?

UFT President Michael Mulgrew writes checks

The DOE has a $27 billion dollar budget. There is a lot of room for that money to go missing here and there. I certainly wrote enough about how it’s done on this blog. Part of that $27 billion goes to UFT members in the form of salaries. They in turn pay union dues and some of it goes for political action (COPE). But then what? Click Here to Read More

Association for Union Democracy Finds Solidarity a “New Kind of Opposition in the UFT”

UFT Solidarity Opposition

Last fall, UFT Solidarity caucus members met with Association for Union Democracy founder Herman Benson. We were asking him many questions regarding the upcoming UFT elections and he invited us to his home in Queens to … Click Here to Read More

UFT Leadership Takes Steps to Expel Mulgrew Challenger from Union Before Election

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The Executive Board by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its members present shall have the power to expel, or to suspend for a term not exceeding one year, Click Here to Read More

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

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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 placed … Click Here to Read More

“Issues at Your School” – An email no NYC principal wants to receive

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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