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

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?

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

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 1 – The Dismissed Charges

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

DOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire.

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

Federal Court Orders DOE Investigators to Turn Over Their Files

Lately, I have been so busy with so many tasks and personal things that it has been tough to find time and really sit and write good posts. We have been working on DTOE.orgClick 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

Donors Choose-Day – Help Mr. Valia Get a 3D Printer

Over the summer I had the idea to start writing DonorsChoose.org proposals for teachers who were too busy to do it. For those who do not know, DonorsChoose.org is a great site where generous philanthropists … Click Here to Read More

SCI 9 – Commissioner Suddenly Finds “Errors” in their Investigation

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

[UPDATED] DOE’s Workplace Bullying Continues – My 33 Hours Behind Bars

I didn’t think that I would have to update my “Allegations Against Mr. Portelos” list again, but unfortunately I did. Those who have been working tirelessly to end my career hit a new … Click Here to Read More

City Investigators Admit Planting Files in Whistleblower’s Investigation

Other dates on the real estate files found on my DOE computer show house sales that took place as late as July 26, 2012. That is 5 months AFTER the devices were out of my possession. 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

Not So Fast Former Chancellor Walcott

Wait! Not so fast. Don’t go too far former Chancellor Dennis Walcott and former Superintendent Erminia Claudio.

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