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

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

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

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 – 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

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

701 Days in Educator Exile. “No Big Deal”

[Note: there was an error and this did not post properly, so I re-posted.]   “In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey.” -Beck Look, relax…it’s no big deal. We are just talking about the educational neglect of countless students and the squandering of millions of taxpayer dollars. Don’t… 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

DTOE From Coast to Coast Against the Ones Students Need the Most

DTOE From Coast to Coast Against the Ones Students Need the Most You like the rhyme From what I remember, the first time I realized this Accuse and Remove method used on educators was bigger than our local NYC school district was when I was approached by Karen Horwitz of… Continue reading

The Docile Educator vs The Badass One

DOCILE docile adjective 1.ready to accept control or instruction; submissive. “a cheap and docile workforce” Synonyms: submissive,unassertive Shhhh…quiet. We are in the habitat and age of the Docile Educator. Wait, before we get into the Docile Educator, let’s talk about what scientists have discovered about frogs. Scientists say that if… Continue reading