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