Portelos vs DOE. Why we lost at trial.

In case you haven’t heard by now, my federal lawsuit did not end the way we wanted it to. By “we” I do not mean just me, my lawyers and family, but rather “we” as also a countless group of educators, across the country, who needed a win against corruption and harassment in our public schools. 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

A Year Ago Today: NYC Dept. of Education Jails Whistleblower When No Crime Committed

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

NYC DOE’s Million Dollar Cover-Up of a Staten Island Principal’s Theft

With a budget of over $25 billion, an employee roster of over 136,000 and over 1,400 buildings to manage, there is plenty of room for theft and corruption at the New York City Department of Education. 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

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

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

Today’s Rally at Tweed

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

I’m Under a NEW Investigation. Yes, Really.

I wish I was making this up. More lemons….more lemonade.

I was called to the DOE’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI). I was called in as a witness to something. When I returned to my … Click Here to Read More

Joel Klein’s Attorneys are Still Deeply Rooted in @NYCSchools

Educators and parents,
It’s been a tough decade for us here in NYC. Unfortunately, many of those responsible for the poor policy, including emphasis on high stakes testing, school closures and co-location, are still … Click Here to Read More

SCI 10 – SCI Tampers with Video Evidence?

I recorded the video on my phone on April 18, 2012 and was removed a week later. I have been out for over 700 days now. Before I sent it to SCI, or anyone, I ran it through a video editing program. I did that so I can hide the young girl’s identity to abide by COPPA and FERPA laws and focus on that part of the hallway. The original was a wider angle. When the laws describe hiding the identity of children, they don’t only mean visual, but all biometric features. This includes voice. Click Here to Read More

FOIL Friday – What Did the Principal Say About You? Where is the Money?

Imagine you can see the emails of the principal and assistant principal where you are mentioned. “If Ms. Smith wants to bring up the UFT, then let’s go observe her class. Maybe she will think twice next time.”
Did you email the superintendent and never hear back? Imagine you can see if they forwarded the email to others.
Do you believe the funds in your community school are being misappropriated? Imagine you can see where the money is going and what the recent audit done on your school looks like. Click Here to Read More

701 Days in Educator Exile. “No Big Deal?”

[Note: there was an error and this did not post properly, so I re-posted.]

 

“In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey.” -Beck

Look, relax…it’s no big deal. We are just … Click Here to Read More

Case Tracker – 20 Investigations Closed, Whitewashed or Left Open

 

In the wake of the PS 106Q Marcella Sills “School of No” fiasco, I decided to make a list of the cases I initiated, or knew about, pertaining to my own community school … Click Here to Read More

Lemonade for Sale! – Returning the Serve

They say “When life throws you lemons, just make lemonade.” Going along with that saying I have had plenty of lemons thrown at me. Come get your lemonade.

 

 

I was told that on … Click Here to Read More

New Investigation on Me Takes the Cake -I’m telling students how to sneak weapons into school?

I was called in to the Office of Special Investigation for a new investigation against me yesterday. It’s crazy.

I attended the OSI conference and I was told that on March 11, 2013 Principal Linda Hill made … Click Here to Read More

How I went from Hi-Tech lab to the Rubber Room

Time I was kept out of the classroom for no reason:

747 days

From STEM Lab (above)

to this reassignment center (below)

 

The short version:

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