About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.

Bloomberg-Klein’s – “The Leftovers” #TBT

Here is my two minute speech where I point out some “Leftovers” on the Panel. Not saying it was the best speech, but I enjoy exercising my rights to speak up. You should too. Keep an eye on the chancellor as my name is called. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I thought it was a bit amusing and I freeze framed it a bit. Click Here to Read More

I Loathe Bullies

NYC DOE Legal and Bullies

Administrators,

Know that as you are retaliating on whistleblowers, pushing out veteran teachers or destroying the careers of new ones, you are most likely being legally recorded. Your emails and finances are being obtained through FOIL. You will be exposed. Your senior field counsel, and if necessary network and cluster leaders, will be exposed as well. Social media is our media. Perhaps your best recourse is to support and collaborate with your staff, students and parents. Tread lightly… Click Here to Read More

Johnny Appleseed of Engineering and Unionism

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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

FOIL FRIDAY- How the Goliaths at Tweed Hide

“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

From the Frustration & Chaos a New UFT Group Emerges

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

FOIL Friday – Did Those Incidents Get Reported or Swept Under the Rug?

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

Tenure is for Girls! [and others who speak up]

Probation

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

Dissecting the Pirozzolo vs State of NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

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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

FOIL FRIDAY – Who Took the Position You Applied For?

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

A Case For Teacher Tenure Part 3 – The Rest of the Charges

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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

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 2 – Guilty…As Charged?

Principal Hill on cross questioning by NYSUT Attorney Christopher Callagy.

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