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

UFT Union Corruption. Where’s the money going Who Cares

The DOE has a $27 billion dollar budget. There is a lot of room for that money to go missing here and there. I certainly wrote enough about how it’s done on this blog. Part of that $27 billion goes to UFT members in the form of salaries. They in turn pay union dues and some of it goes for political action (COPE). But then what Continue reading

Mayor and School’s Chancellor Call it Counseling, We Call it Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying Awareness week ends tomorrow, but workplace bullying continues and escalates in the New York City Department of Education. I know I don’t write on this blog as often as I used to. There are many reasons for that. Aside from trying to be a better husband and father,… Continue reading

“Issues at Your School” – An email no NYC principal wants to receive

Turning the tables. That’s what progressive caucusUFT Solidaritybegan to do when members contact us that theyareunder warrantless attack. For almost a decade NYC DOE administrators had unfettered power to destroy careers. Problem with a teacher who grieves contractual violations or want to get rid of a pesky chapter leader No… Continue reading

The Rise of UFT Solidarity- Rallies, Advocacy, Support and More

NYC Educators, There is a group of educators in NYC like no other.It advocates for UFT members better than the UFT itself.It educates members and arms them with tools as well as stands with those under attack from the school administration, to the DOE headquarters to Albany. The list of… Continue reading

A Big Victory for Transparency in NYC Schools

“…remember the names of the lions at the main library: Patience and Fortitude. There is a terrible urge to lash out wildly in protest of injustice. Resist the urge. The battle must be won in the courts, but cases must be legally sound.” Continue reading

Principal Linda Hill Pays $801 Restitution and Announces Her Retirement

My phone was abuzz today as messages started coming in. The messages were informing me that Principal Linda Hill made an announcement to the IS 49 staff that she will be retiring this June. “Are ya happy and excited” I was asked. The answer is “No.” Principal Hill will now continue to take the money she stole to through retirement. Continue reading

My Official DOE Personnel File Undergoes Cell Division

According to the UFT-DOE Agreement, an employee is supposed to have only one official file. I seem to have several unofficial ones. Grievance time. Continue reading

Johnny Appleseed of Engineering and Unionism

Since May 12, 2014, I have estimated that I taught over 2,000 students in Staten Island. From Pre-K to 8th grade. To repeat the first words ever written on this blog early 2012…. “My name is Francesco Portelos and I love my job!” 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

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

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

DOE Won’t Throw in the Towel. I am now an ATR

If you are reading this, then you should have read theprevious post on the decision. DOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire. The DOE and UFT have been stating that they are attempting to reduce and eradicate the infamous ATR pool. You… Continue reading

DOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire.

I want to say that I write this with overwhelming glee. I want to say that I write this while in a state of euphoria and with a Kool-Aid smile, but unfortunately I cannot. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Two Months Before it Got Ugly

For those not up to date on the lingo, TBT or Throw Back Thursday is in reference to the act of posting pictures or sharing memories from the past. It’s becoming an increasingly popular term and I thought to throw one out there. Maybe I will do it weekly. The… Continue reading