FOIL FRIDAY- How the Goliaths at Tweed Hide

“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.” Continue reading

Unsatisfactory Teacher Part 4 – Brought to you by the Italian Letter “Doppio Vu”

“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” – Isaac Newton Unsatisfactory Teacher Pt 1- The Birth of this Evaluation Unsatisfactory Teacher Part 2- Field Supervisor Edele Williams Takes a Swing Unsatisfactory Teacher Part 3- U Support Me The video below may or may not help with the reading of… Continue reading

Unsatisfactory Teacher Part 1- The Birth of this Evaluation

In this series we are going to place a spotlight on observations and how they are used as a tool to cause harm and not support teaching and learning.  Today,  just take some time and watch this video that explains how we got to where we are. Tune in this… Continue reading

From the Frustration & Chaos a New UFT Group Emerges

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!” Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Tenure is for Girls! [and others who speak up]

Seriously… Is it not Read Below. Over a year ago I FOILed the number of probationary (nontenured) teachers discontinued in the NYC DOE inthelast two years. I know, I could have just asked the UFT, but they wouldn’t give usthe info. In fact, when I asked for thenumber ofreassigned teachers,… Continue reading

Dissecting the Pirozzolo vs State of NY Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

The fight for a proper public education in this country is multifaceted. If you want to get involved, you have to pick a front and get ready for battle. Myissueis that I get involved on many fronts, shooting arrows acrossthespectrum hoping to make a positive difference somewhere.Why are we even… Continue reading

4th of July- Don’t Tread on My Freedom of Speech…Ever!

Dear anyone who tries to curb my rights and my speech, TREAD LIGHTLY! Happy 4th of July! TheFirst Amendment(Amendment I) to the United States Constitutionprohibits the making of any lawrespecting an establishment of religion, impeding thefree exercise of religion, abridging thefreedom of speech, infringing on thefreedom of the press, interfering… Continue reading

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…. Continue reading