NYC DOEs Million Dollar Cover-Up of a Staten Island Principals 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. Continue reading

Harassed Employees Can File a DDC Complaint Against Attorneys Involved in Harassment

Whether harassed NYC DOE employees know it or not, there is at least one attorney assisting in the harassment every step of the way. When administrators are engaged in unethical acts, so are their attorneys. Perhaps we haven’t found someone who holds the administrators accountable (waiting for de Blasio/Faria), but we do have a group that can hold the attorneys to ethical standards. The DDC or Departmental Disciplinary Committee. 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

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

City Investigators Admit Planting Files in Whistleblower’s Investigation

Other dates on the real estate files found on my DOE computer show house sales that took place as late as July 26, 2012. That is 5 months AFTER the devices were out of my possession. Continue reading

600 Days – Paid Not to Teach

According to the daily counter on my smartphone, today is 600 days since I last taught a class. I can bore you with the details of what has transpired in the last 600 days, but it will take long and you can just as easily peruse through www.educatorfightsback.org What I… Continue reading

Principal Compares Whistleblower to Murderer “Adam Lanza”

What happens when a parent in the community is also a teacher in a school What happens when they raise concerns and the decision is made to “Get them out!“, but that parent/educator was previously praised and has no negative items in their personnel file The answer is…you make things… Continue reading

Who is Leaving @NYCSchools Next TAG You’re It.

Here is a test. Open Google.com and search my principal’s Senior Field Counsel network attorney –Marisol Vaqzquez esq She is my principal’s attorney and has been advising her from day one. Great job Marisol! What comes upProtectPortelos.org Google Search –David Brodsky esq He is the Director of Labor Relations and… Continue reading

I Would Consider Being Recalled as a UFT Chapter Leader a Big Win

Why Would Being Recalled as a UFT Chapter Leader Be a Win For Me Before I answer that, first some brief history. As you may know, I’m the UFT Chapter Leader of a school I have not stepped foot in over 545 days. It was no coincidence that I was… Continue reading

The David Pakter Saga – An All Too Familiar Story

David Pakter -“NYC Teacher of the Year” to Windowless Rubber Room. The Three R’s of Education – Rubber Room is Retaliation. 1997 “Teacher of the Year” David Pakter and NYC Mayor Giuliani Any teacher under attack should also read, actually MUST READ, the David Pakter story. A very lengthy and… 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

Mayor-UFT-DOE Blame Game on Rubber Rooms. I’m Not Buying It.

I never really write two posts on the same day, but since this Rubber Room lawsuit story broke today, I had to jump in. I have received many texts and emails and have been tagged in some Tweets, so I grabbed my laptop and headed to the backyard. “Honey, can… 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

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