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.” Read More

Throwback Thursday- How to Distract Students Taking State Tests

Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. Read More

NYC DOE?s Million Dollar Cover-Up of a Staten Island Principal?s 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. Read More

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. My?issue?is that I get involved on … Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

Case Tracker – 20 Investigations Closed, Whitewashed or Left Open

 

In the wake of the?PS 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 … Read More

DOE Administrative Trials Unit and “Reading Comprehension”

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It’s not only important that you can just read, but that you can … Read More

Is Test Tampering Big in NYC Too?

The buzz on the street is that these high stakes tests are being?tampered with and may be soiled with?cheating.

Why would anyone want to cheat on a test? I mean don’t let the words?high stakes?fool … Read More

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

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For those of you who are following my crazy saga, you know I filed a Federal lawsuit (Read More

UFT President Mulgrew and Chancellor Walcott to decide fate of some “Rubber Roomed” educators.

As of November 21, 2012, I have been removed from my position, as a classroom STEM teacher, for:

210 Calendar Days and 100 School Days

(40 days past 60 day time limit agreed upon)

…and … Read More

How I went from Hi-Tech lab to the Rubber Room

Time I was kept out of the classroom for no reason:

747 days

From STEM Lab (above)

to this?reassignment center (below)

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The short version:

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