Lemonade for Sale! – Returning the Serve

They say “When life throws you lemons, just make lemonade.” Going along with that saying I have had plenty of lemons thrown at me. Come get your lemonade.     I was told that on March 11, 2013 Principal Linda Hill made her 30th allegation againstme. Principal Hill contacted SCI… Continue reading

DOE Administrative Trials Unit and “Reading Comprehension”

It’s not only important that you can just read, but that you can also comprehend what you read. Isn’t that what we teach and test students on Reading comprehension is extremely important. What Common Core Learning Standard does that fall under I wouldn’t know as I have been barred from… 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

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

Another DOElemma – DOE violates the Open Meetings Law for Mr. Portelos

  DOElemma: When a NYC Department of Education attorney, or official, has to decide between what’s right and violating a regulation, contract, law or policy. Usually their own. I lost count as to how many policies, regulations and laws the largest school system in the country has violated in an… Continue reading

UPDATED 10/10/13 – Audio Recording DOE encounters. A real DOElemma for DOE Legal

See updated (10/10/13) information at the bottom “This conversation may be recorded for quality control purposes.” In this modern-day David vs Goliath, my smartphone is my sling and I wield it very well. A very vague and confusing SCI report came out on April 25, 2013. In case you have… Continue reading

NYC Educators Meet DOE Legal

“I have to call DOE Legal.” “I’ll let you know after I speak to Legal.” “Well…Legal isinvestigatingit.” “They said contact Legal if the teacher continues to resist” “Legal will know what to do” “Legal will send the form and we just have to put our letterhead on and sign.”  … Continue reading

I Drank the Kool-Aid and it was Delicious!

I’m trying to write about this based on a blurred memory of the events that I think transpired this week. Monday March 11, 2013, I attended the Panel for Educational Policy meeting at Brooklyn Tech High School. There were many upset educators, students and parents present and I sat with… Continue reading

Professional Undevelopment

“We want the worst possible teachers in the classroom” – Said no one ever. What I attempted to do, while in educator exile, is learn. Learn about law, physics, earth science, read up on other cases, read up on labor law and union contracts etc. I had ZERO professional development… Continue reading

A Play by Play Story of Corruption and Educational Neglect

My name is Francesco Alexander Portelos. I am a parent and educator in Staten Island. I was teaching technology at Berta Dreyfus IS 49 for 5 years after I left a 7 year career in the Environmental Engineering/Inspection field. My record, as a teacher and school community member, was stellar. After I became a new father in the community, my focus transcended past my praised classroom and I looked at the issues at the school as a whole. Continue reading