“How to File False Allegations Against a Parent” by Principal Paul Martuccio

It’s Election Day. Imagine as you walk into your polling center, a candidate’s people are inside handing you $200 gift cards and the polling volunteers are telling you who to vote for. Well, that’s kind of what Principal Paul Martuccio orchestrated at his school. Read below. The day of PTA… Continue reading

Principal Martuccio Launches Attacks Against Parent for Raising Concerns

PS 13 Principal Paul Martuccio

I’m a parent who wants more for my children and students. I received word that the NYCDOE wants to try and terminate me, again. Here we go..not without a fight. Continue reading

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

Be Careful Hiring Contractor/Painter Marco Casiano

Corruption and greed come in different sizes. From giant corporations to small men like Marco Casiano from Staten Island. He alleges that he’s a contractor and truth be told he’s been to my properties a few times to paint. However, Marco Casiano took a down payment for material and decided… Continue reading