NYC DOE vs Portelos – Publicized Workplace Bullying

You read my story and may think, “This is crazy.” Unfortunately my story is nowhere near unique. I’m just very good at publicizing the blow by blow attacks from my employer, NYC DOE. Imagine, if you will, the countless educators abused on a daily basis and all those sent to the Rubber Rooms and terminated. What about the impact on their countless students and families. You could spend two weeks reading only some of their stories on Betsy Combier’s sitenycrubberroomreporter.blogspot.comand Karen Horowitz’ I don’t know if we can ever go back and investigate all the atrocities inflicted on poor educators who were either too old, too expensive or just too outspoken to be left to teach.


Here is a video I just received from law firm Morrison and Foerster yesterday. We filmed it a few months ago. I watched it and then read the SCI report again as well as all the articles written and think “wow”.

I have not heard anything from the DOE yet, but if they want to make the stupid decision to try and terminate me, then they should be ready for a fight (not physical).

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About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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  1. Francesco – I believe that you have the courage to end the rubber room process not only for yourself, but all other teachers similarly situated, and you will win!!

  2. Keep fighting the good fight. It is so ironic they ‘claim’ zero tolerance for bullying and yet they are expert offenders…

  3. The case should be reported to law enforcement authority. Nice presentation to pull up the fact.

    • I’ve tried. Everyone from District Attorney to Attorney General to NYS ED forward everything to the Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI). They have been no help and refer the case back to the DOE.

  4. Women are more frequently bullied than men. In fact, a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 62 percent of bullies were men and 58 percent of targets were women. The survey also revealed that the majority (68 percent) of bullying is same-gender harassment and that women bullies target women 80 percent of the time.

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