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

Built to fight, but not to win? Appeal denied.

I slept rather well last night. This, despite receiving news that the second highest court in the country, the Court of Appeals, denied my appeal for my first amendment federal case last August. Continue reading

Portelos v DOE Federal Appeal Update -Oral Arguments This Wednesday 11.15.17

[UPDATE] Oral argument audio added here 16-3932 For those of you who have been following the years of battles for parents and educators’ first amendment rights, know that my appeal is moving forward. The judge in federal court made some decisions that did not fully allow my case to go before… 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

Teacher was Retaliated for Engaging in Union Activity. A Small Win at PERB.

In sum and substance, an administrative law judge can hold a small trial to see if you were retaliated against for engaging in union activities. If so, then the employer probably violated Section § 209-a of the Taylor Law. Continue reading

The “GOTCHA” Freight Train Cometh. Derail it.

There are many common themes and tools used when an educator is targeted. This post specifically looks to help derail and stop the subjective observation freight train. Continue reading

Mayor and School’s Chancellor Call it Counseling, We Call it Workplace Bullying

Workplace Bullying Awareness week ends tomorrow, but workplace bullying continues and escalates in the New York City Department of Education. I know I don’t write on this blog as often as I used to. There are many reasons for that. Aside from trying to be a better husband and father,… Continue reading

Johnny Appleseed of Engineering and Unionism

Since May 12, 2014, I have estimated that I taught over 2,000 students in Staten Island. From Pre-K to 8th grade. To repeat the first words ever written on this blog early 2012…. “My name is Francesco Portelos and I love my job!” 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

An Open Letter to Chancellor Faria from a Discontinued Teacher

You may have already read about the epidemic, in regards to railroading young and new teachers in order to obliterate tenure protections for teachers. The post is here:Can Bloom-Kleins DOE Attack on Probationary Teachers Be Remedied Now read an open letter from one of these teachers. It was originally posted… 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