About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.

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

NO!!!!!!!!

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.

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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

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Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. Click Here to Read More