Vocal? Veteran teacher? This can happen to you. Stay strong! Click Here to Read More
Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. Click Here to Read More
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
I’m just past the three-year mark from when my fight began. By “fight” I mean I raised real concerns about public education, the Department of Education came after my career, in an attempt to cover up their misconduct, and… I “fought” back. I must have hit some of these DOE employees back pretty hard, because they suddenly forgot everything! Click Here to Read More
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
I reached out to New Action caucus to try for a bipartisan push against the DOE and UFT and possibly help these over 800 terminated teachers. The reaction from some MORE members was ridiculous. “No New Action!” 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
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
I want to say that I write this with overwhelming glee. I want to say that I write this while in a state of euphoria and with a Kool-Aid smile, but unfortunately I cannot. Click Here to Read More
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
We continue with the The SCI Files…
There has to be a professional and adult way of saying “Told you so!” Sit down and grab some popcorn again, because the craziness never ends here with this … Click Here to Read More
What is an Absent Teacher Reserve or ATR and why should you care?
Wikipedia defines it as: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absent_Teacher_Reserve
Absent Teacher Reserve refers to teachers that have lost their daily teaching positions, but are reassigned to substitute for … Click Here to Read More
Yesterday’s post Rubber Room Administrator Michele Nacht Exiles Educators Far From Home sparked a response from railroaded teacher of the year David Pakter who tells … Click Here to Read More
When an educator in NYC is reassigned from their position, pending very, very slow investigations, they go to the Rubber Room Hub first. That hub is room 1201 of 49-51 Chambers Street, NY, NY.
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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
Why Would Being Recalled as a UFT Chapter Leader Be a Win For Me?
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David Pakter -“NYC Teacher of the Year” to Windowless Rubber Room. The Three R’s of Education – Rubber Room is Retaliation.
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Welcome back to school fellow educators, students and parents. I envy you educators, if you can believe that. As you sat meetings discussing the new … Click Here to Read More
My Dearest Angela,
Thank you for being the rock that holds our new family together. You do an incredible job of raising our two amazing boys . These last two years have not been … Click Here to Read More