NYC DOEs Million Dollar Cover-Up of a Staten Island Principals Theft

With a budget of over $25 billion, an employee roster of over 136,000 and over 1,400 buildings to manage, there is plenty of room for theft and corruption at the New York City Department of Education. Continue reading

Some DOE Employees Suffer from “SAD” – Sudden Amnesia Disorder

I’m just past the three-year mark from when my fight began. By “fight” I mean I raised real concerns about public education, the Department of Education came after my career, in an attempt to cover up their misconduct, and… I “fought” back. I must have hit some of these DOE employees back prettyhard, because they suddenly forgoteverything! Continue reading

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

A Case For Teacher Tenure Part 3 – The Rest of the Charges

We continue with charges, from my 3020-a termination, hearing where Arbitrator Felice Busto sustained the specifications including bringing notoriety and ridicule to the DOE. Continue reading

Case Tracker – 20 Investigations Closed, Whitewashed or Left Open

  In the wake of thePS 106Q Marcella Sills “School of No” fiasco, I decided to make a list of the cases I initiated, or knew about, pertaining to my own community school of Berta Dreyfus IS 49. —- Cases and Investigations. The NYC Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) has… Continue reading

Good Looking Out UFT

I have been pretty open in my criticism of the UFT leadership on this blog and other forums. There is no doubt that I have voiced my opinion that the largest local in the United States has been pulling punches when it comes to defending the rights of educators. I… Continue reading

DOE’s Digital Duct Tape

There are roughly 136,000 employees that work within the NYC Department of Education. I believe it is safe to say that every single one has an email account like fportelos@schools.nyc.gov. In fact so do all the investigators working at the Special Commissioner of Investigation. There is one exception. One employee… Continue reading

600 Days – Paid Not to Teach

According to the daily counter on my smartphone, today is 600 days since I last taught a class. I can bore you with the details of what has transpired in the last 600 days, but it will take long and you can just as easily peruse through www.educatorfightsback.org What I… Continue reading

Rubber Room Administrator Michele Nacht Exiles Educators Far From Home

When an educator in NYC is reassigned from their position, pending very, very slow investigations, they go to the Rubber Room Hub first. That hub is room 1201 of 49-51 Chambers Street, NY, NY. There you first meet the receptionist, Dr. CY, who has you sign in and then gives… Continue reading

@NYCSchools Deputy Chancellor Grimm Hides Asbestos Disturbance

UPDATE: City of NY Visits the post below: Today’s DNAInfo.com article titled Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Got Preferential DOE Treatment, Emails Show, discusses how DOE leaders bent over backwards to accommodate schools for Success Academy Charters. One of those that laid down the red carpet was Deputy Chancellor of Operations… Continue reading

More Hate Mail from within @NYCSchools

Depending how long you have been following, you may have read that I actually received Hate Mail (email) from someone. Besides the name calling they also left comments (the only negative comments ever left on my blog) and spoke about my children. Well, it seems they struck again. You may… Continue reading

Principal Compares Whistleblower to Murderer “Adam Lanza”

What happens when a parent in the community is also a teacher in a school What happens when they raise concerns and the decision is made to “Get them out!“, but that parent/educator was previously praised and has no negative items in their personnel file The answer is…you make things… Continue reading

Who is Leaving @NYCSchools Next TAG You’re It.

Here is a test. Open Google.com and search my principal’s Senior Field Counsel network attorney –Marisol Vaqzquez esq She is my principal’s attorney and has been advising her from day one. Great job Marisol! What comes upProtectPortelos.org Google Search –David Brodsky esq He is the Director of Labor Relations and… Continue reading

Warrengate -The Whitewashing of Case 12-533

UPDATE: The lead investigator heading this case has left. Lawrence Scott is no longer with the DOE. No word on replacement yet. What secrets lay within the $7 Million budget of 101 Warren Street, Berta Dreyfus IS 49 How much is it costing the taxpayer and the students How many… Continue reading

Can You Guess How Many Allegations Were Made Against Portelos

Can you guess how many jelly beans in this jar   Better yet, could you guess how many different allegations were made about me after I raised concerns at my school (Answer below) On April 26, 2012 I was removed from my position as an educator. This was after I… Continue reading

Angela, Who Is Greg Bowen And Why Is He So Concerned With Printer Ink Levels

  My Dearest Angela, Thank you for being the rock that holds our new family together. You do an incredible job of raising our two amazing boys . These last two years have not been easy caring for our boys and all the other baggage that comes with life. The… Continue reading

UPDATED June 6 2013 -Big Arbitration Win for School Community IGNORED BY DOE

JUNE 7 2013 – UPDATE ON THE BOTTOM IN RED As most of you may know, I have been strongly advocating for the students and staff at my community school, Berta Dreyfus IS 49, for quite some time now. A handful of NYC Department of Education employees have been trying… Continue reading

DOE Admin’s “Not So Confidential” Emails – Part 2 – The Audit

You should probably read this post first: DOE Administrators Not So Confidential Emails Part 1 Integrity I was removed April 26, 2012. I did not give up then nor I have I given up now. In early May I was placed in a small basement storage room (seen in this… Continue reading

Federal Judge to NYC Attorney Jessica Giambrone: MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED

For those of you who are following my crazy saga, you know I filed a Federal lawsuit (Portelos v DOE) last June. It is against the City, DOE, and Berta Dreyfus IS 49 Principal Linda Hill. They attempted to silence a parent, who is an educator, who has a backbone… Continue reading