How 30 ATRs Are Fighting for Over 100,000 NYCDOE Employees

It comes down to this… salary matters. Experience not so much. Or at least the DOE’s budgeting system discourages the hiring of higher salaried and more experienced staff. Continue reading

How to Pull Back the Curtain on the NYCDOE Legal Army.

The NYCDOE has a legal army and its reach is deeply entrenched in many school decisions, both big and small. From hiring and firing, to closing schools and approving grievances. You need to know who they are, pull back the curtain, and know when to contact them. Take good notes…… Continue reading

Should NY Teachers Use Betsy Combier as an Advocate?

Betsy Combier Elizabeth Kapel advocate

In the education activist arena there are personality conflicts and, unfortunately, there is greed. Enter Elizabeth “Betsy Combier” Kapel stage left. Your misfortune yesterday, is her profit today. Continue reading

There is hope in the system – Myra S. Barnes IS 24 Staten Island

Last Friday I finished my “temporary” assignment at Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 in Staten Island, NY. I have been there since January 20, 2015as Iwas originally placed there to cover an Earth Science teacher’s maternity leave for a few weeks. The teacher wound up takingthe rest of the… Continue reading

“Issues at Your School” – An email no NYC principal wants to receive

Turning the tables. That’s what progressive caucusUFT Solidaritybegan to do when members contact us that theyareunder warrantless attack. For almost a decade NYC DOE administrators had unfettered power to destroy careers. Problem with a teacher who grieves contractual violations or want to get rid of a pesky chapter leader No… Continue reading

NYC Dept. of Education Jails Whistleblower When No Crime Committed

It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I was in a jail cell when when DOE Chief Information Officer (CIO) Hal Friedlander made an allegation when no crime was committed. Meanwhile Principal Linda Hill admitted to stealing for years and over two dozen DOE employees, two chancellor’s and two mayors helped cover it up…no arrests, no fines…not even a disciplinary letter. Continue reading

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

NYC Public Advocate Joins in SLT Transparency Issue

  One of thereasons this blog even exists is because of the concerns I raised at the IS 49 School Leadership Team (SLT) meetings. Yesterday, January 7, 2014 NYC Public Advocate Letitia James and Class Size Matters filed papers to intervene in a lawsuit Thomas v City of NY. Michael… Continue reading

Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm Leaves…Finally

Why was someone who closed so many schools, paved theway for Eva Moskowitz to co-locate in our schools and ignore and falsify asbestos contamination in a Staten Island school allowed to stay for a year with the new administration ——– From: Chancellor Carmen Faria Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 2:32… Continue reading

FOIL FRIDAY- How the Goliaths at Tweed Hide

“Please be advised that since Francesco Portelos requests emails that have the word “Portelos” between us, we will all start using the acronym FP instead. Thank you.” 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

FOIL Friday – What Did the Principal Say About You Where is the Money

Imagine you can see the emails of the principal and assistant principal where you are mentioned. “If Ms. Smith wants to bring up the UFT, then let’s go observe her class. Maybe she will think twice next time.”
Did you email the superintendent and never hear back Imagine you can see if they forwarded the email to others.
Do you believe the funds in your community school are being misappropriated Imagine you can see where the money is going and what the recent audit done on your school looks like. Continue reading