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

Case Tracker – 20 Investigations Closed, Whitewashed or Left Open

  In the wake of thePS 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 of Berta Dreyfus IS 49. —- Cases and Investigations. The NYC Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) has… Continue reading

Angela, Who Is Greg Bowen And Why Is He So Concerned With Printer Ink Levels

  My Dearest Angela, Thank you for being the rock that holds our new family together. You do an incredible job of raising our two amazing boys . These last two years have not been easy caring for our boys and all the other baggage that comes with life. The… Continue reading

Principal’s Failing School and Stellar Ratings – The Inverse Graph of Accountability

The other day I was interviewed for two hours for a documentary pertaining to “School Closures”. The backdrop was the school I was exiled from for over 420 days, Berta Dreyfus IS 49. “But Mr. Portelos, your school is not on the school closure list.” Right, but don’t tell me… Continue reading

Tweed’s Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm Covers Up for Principal’s Asbestos Hazard

UPDATE 9/15/13: New secret email found that allegedly shows NYC DOE Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm sent false information about asbestos disturbance at IS 49 Berta Dreyfus, Staten Island. Knowlingly false I do not know. I hope not.   This piece was originally posted in early January 2013. I… 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