@NYCSchools attacks @UFT and attempted to fire almost 3,000 members – FOIL Friday Edition

How many tenured teachers did the NYC Department of Education try to terminate in the last few years

Let’s FOIL the New York State Education Department


From: Francesco Portelos <mrportelos@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:37 AM
Subject: FOIL 3020-a
To: NYSED FOIL <foil@mail.nysed.gov>

Dear Records Access Officer:Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of the records, or portions thereof, pertaining to the following:

The total number of 3020-a hearings requested by the New York City Department of Education pursuant to Section 3020-a(2)(d) of the Education Law for each of the following years:

2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013.

The total number of 3020-a hearings requested by all school districts within New York Statepursuant to Section 3020-a(2)(d) of the Education Law for each of the following years:

2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013.

Notes: Do NOT aggregate data for the school years.

I understand there is a fee of $.25 per page for duplication of the records requested.

As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency responds to a request within five business days of receipt of a request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible and look forward to hearing from you shortly.

If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.


Francesco A. Portelos
Two months later…..
3020-a filed by NYC DOE

3020-a filed by NYC DOE


Now we took these numbers, starting from 2008, and combined them with numbers targeted educator Michael Thomas FOILed from 1999 to 2008 and we get…

3020-a graph

3020-a graph


In total, the Bloomberg -Klein era attempted to terminate 2,816 UFT members.

See that steady incline in requests for termination (Scientists hypothesize that there was some bacteria in the NYC drinking water that caused this.) Perhaps there was an agenda such as attack stronger and experienced veteran teachers and replace them with younger, cheaper and docile ones. There is a steady incline since Mayor Bloomberg took over the school system, except for a dip in 2009. Me, as an engineer, would call that an anomaly, however, I believe Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign in 2009 may have played a role. “Ease up and maybe they will vote for me.

Mr. Portelos, surely this attackhas subsided under progressive Chancellor Carmen Faria, right

Not really. Today, an estimated 500+ UFT members reported to reassignment centers in district offices and their own schools instead of for real duty.

Shhhh… no one is supposed to know that since Mike Mulgrew and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg closed them in 2010.

In any case, I decided to share what I learned from my friends here in NYC, about FOILing, and share with our union brethren in Los Angeles who had contacted me.


LA Teacher Rene Diedrich of Hemlock on theRocks writes:

NYC TEACHER – CRUSADER Francesco Portelos : How to Use FOIL in LAUSD


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  1. I read on twitter that you had lunch with Randi Weingarten. I’m interested in hearing more about that. Who arranged it What was the purpose of the meeting What was the outcome

  2. So based on the numbers my 3020a came as part of the record setting years. I always wanted to be public enemy #1. I’m guessing that all my 3020a counterparts are truly Angels with Dirty Faces. (Sorry I realize some of you might be a little young. It is a reference from a 1938 movie with James Cagney. )

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