How 30 ATRs Are Fighting for Over 100,000 NYCDOE Employees

It comes down to this… salary matters. Experience not so much. Or at least the DOE’s budgeting system discourages the hiring of higher salaried and more experienced staff. Continue reading

Betsy Combier – NYC Teachers Should Be Careful Using Her as an Advocate

Betsy Combier Elizabeth Kapel advocate

In the education activist arena there are personality conflicts and, unfortunately, there is greed. Enter Elizabeth “Betsy Combier” Kapel stage left. Your misfortune yesterday, is her profit today. Continue reading

DOE Investigative Office Finding Challenged in Court

Allegations are made to the NYC Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI), or to the DOE’s internal Office of Special Investigations (OSI), but are their findings final and set in stone? We already know, through several cases, that SCI has actually reinvestigated and overturned OSI findings of misconduct. However, can someone… Continue reading

Teacher was Retaliated for Engaging in Union Activity. A Small Win at PERB.

In sum and substance, an administrative law judge can hold a small trial to see if you were retaliated against for engaging in union activities. If so, then the employer probably violated Section § 209-a of the Taylor Law. Continue reading

The “GOTCHA” Freight Train Cometh. Derail it.

There are many common themes and tools used when an educator is targeted. This post specifically looks to help derail and stop the subjective observation freight train. Continue reading

NY Appellate Court Rules School Leadership Team Meetings Be Open to the Public

Finally! I love when there’s a win for parents, the community and transparency.  As most of you know, my battle began when I became a parent and questioned violations of state law and chancellor’s regulations at my school’s School Leadership Team. See here .  Years later, Michael Thomas, a teacher that was… Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Green Light for Trial by Jury- Portelos v DOE et al

It has been a long time coming, but we finally go to trial this Monday August 15, 2016. Over four years. Over 900 phone calls between my attorney Bryan Glass, Esq. and I. Not to mention over 3,800 emails between us. 23 court appearances and court phone conferences. Almost 80,000 pages of… Continue reading

What the DOE can do to vocal and veteran teachers. It can happen to you.

Vocal Veteran teacher This can happen to you. Stay strong! Continue reading

UFT Union Corruption. Where’s the money going Who Cares

The DOE has a $27 billion dollar budget. There is a lot of room for that money to go missing here and there. I certainly wrote enough about how it’s done on this blog. Part of that $27 billion goes to UFT members in the form of salaries. They in turn pay union dues and some of it goes for political action (COPE). But then what Continue reading

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! Continue reading