FOIL Friday – Did Those Incidents Get Reported or Swept Under the Rug

The Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS) is what is used to keep track of all incidents that occur in or around a NYC DOE school. At one point, the school I tried to improve had 1,283 incidents in 180 days. That is an average of 7.12 incidents a day or roughly an incident a period. Continue reading

Tenure is for Girls! [and others who speak up]

Seriously… Is it not Read Below. Over a year ago I FOILed the number of probationary (nontenured) teachers discontinued in the NYC DOE inthelast two years. I know, I could have just asked the UFT, but they wouldn’t give usthe info. In fact, when I asked for thenumber ofreassigned teachers,… 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

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

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 2 Guilty…As Charged

In Part 1 I shared all the charges against me that were dismissed by thearbitrator from my termination hearing. Those did not include the over 25 allegations and investigations against me that were unsubstantiated. Do not mistake investigations with charges. All in all, with investigations and charges, the Department of Education has taken over 50 shots at my career and missed. Thanks TENURE!!

Now for some of the charges that were sustained by Arbitrator Felice Busto. Continue reading

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 1 – The Dismissed Charges

Again, I spoke up on issues of PUBLIC CONCERN and had I not been tenured, I would have been fired. Continue reading

Today’s Rally at Tweed

If you do some research on the actual construction of the Tweed Courthouse, you will find that it was actually built on theback of corruption. It was built using funds provided by the corruptWilliam M. “Boss” Tweed, whoseTammany Hallpolitical machinecontrolled the city and state governments at the time.Tweed became one… Continue reading

FOIL Friday – DOE Attorney’s Personnel File FOIL 10,000

The DOE FOIL Unit numbers their FOIL requests sequentially. FOIL has been a tremendous help in my fight. It really comes down Knowledge is Power, so Arm Yourself. To learn about FOIL click RESOURCES at the top of this site or our DTOE.org. Continue reading

Today I Had my First Professional Development in 940 days

I haven’t blogged much in the last three weeks since my decision came in and I was returned to the front of theclassroom. It’s a big change to go from 6 hrs and 50 minutes a day of thinking to only 45 minutes for lunch. This week I am at… Continue reading

Edu Snowden: What was in the Envelope about OSI

Two weeks ago I posted this:BREAKING: Edu Snowden @NYCSchools Secret Informant Then I got sidetracked with proposed UFT contract and my arbitration winDOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire. It turns out though that I was not the only one to have… 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

Federal Court Orders DOE Investigators to Turn Over Their Files

Lately, I have been so busy with so many tasks and personal things that it has been tough to find time andreally sit and write good posts. We have been working on DTOE.org more and really mobilizing other educators. Think of Protectportelos.org as a book on BBQ Steak. You shouldn’t… Continue reading

I’m Under a NEW Investigation. Yes, Really.

I wish I was making this up. More lemons….more lemonade. I was called to the DOE’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI). I was called in as a witness to something. When I returned to my reassignment location, I was handed an envelope by my supervisor. “A man came looking for… Continue reading

Joel Klein’s Attorneys are Still Deeply Rooted in @NYCSchools

Educators and parents, It’s been a tough decade for us here in NYC. Unfortunately, many of those responsible for the poor policy, including emphasis on high stakes testing, school closures and co-location, are still here . My battle, initiated by a growing number of NYC Department of Educationemployees, hits the… Continue reading

Donors Choose-Day Ms. Pollack’s Classroom in Philly

Continuing with our effort to get donors to support teacher’s classroom projects every Tuesday with Donors Choose… Choose to Support Ms. Pollack’s Classroom! “My students live in an urban neighborhood and attend a charter school. At least 75% of the students at my school qualifies for a free or reduced… Continue reading

SCI 10 – SCI Tampers with Video Evidence

I recorded the video on my phone on April 18, 2012 and was removed a week later. I have been out for over 700 days now. Before I sent it to SCI, or anyone, I ran it through a video editing program. I did that so I can hide the young girl’s identity to abide by COPPA and FERPA laws and focus on that part of the hallway. The original was a wider angle. When the laws describe hiding the identity of children, they don’t only mean visual, but all biometric features. This includes voice. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Chancellor Faria from a Discontinued Teacher

You may have already read about the epidemic, in regards to railroading young and new teachers in order to obliterate tenure protections for teachers. The post is here:Can Bloom-Kleins DOE Attack on Probationary Teachers Be Remedied Now read an open letter from one of these teachers. It was originally posted… Continue reading