Shutting Down Protectportelos.org after 5 Years of Fighting

Five years ago today, on January 30, 2012, I was summoned to my first two disciplinary meetings and had the first three investigations initiated against me. Yes, all in  one day. A week later, another … Click Here to Read More

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

Let’s Talk About Fighting Corruption in Our School System. Forum May 14th.

Four years ago today was the last time I taught at IS 49. I was exiled for exposing corruption. Here I am, four years later, running for UFT President and running a conference on corruption in our schools. When it came to fight or flight, I chose FIGHT! Click Here to Read More

UFT Leadership Takes Steps to Expel Mulgrew Challenger from Union Before Election

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

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

Final Report on Principal Hill is Published -Falls Short of Finding All Misconduct.

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

Throwback Thursday- How to Distract Students Taking State Tests

Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. 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

UFT and DOE agree: If it’s not in the contract, you could be made an ATR at anytime.

[UPDATE: The below post is the original from November 2014. The only difference is the letter from the UFT Grievance Department indicating they will not be representing this case in arbitration. It’s located at the … Click Here to Read More

Some DOE Employees Suffer from “SAD” – Sudden Amnesia Disorder

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

Harassed Employees Can File a DDC Complaint Against Attorneys Involved in Harassment

Whether harassed NYC DOE employees know it or not, there is at least one attorney assisting in the harassment every step of the way. When administrators are engaged in unethical acts, so are their attorneys. Perhaps we haven’t found someone who holds the administrators accountable (waiting for de Blasio/Fariña), but we do have a group that can hold the attorneys to ethical standards. The DDC or Departmental Disciplinary Committee. Click Here to Read More

My Official DOE Personnel File Undergoes Cell Division

According to the UFT-DOE Agreement, an employee is supposed to have only one official file. I seem to have several unofficial ones. Grievance time. Click Here to Read More

Back to School with a New Position -Ambassador Teacher on Rotation

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

Throwback Thursday, Thank You Emails and Tenure

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

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