Throwback Thursday- How to Distract Students Taking State Tests

Principal orders classroom locks of whistleblower to be changed during state test. 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

Some DOE Employees Suffer from “SAD” – Sudden Amnesia Disorder

I’m just past the three-year mark from when my fight began. By “fight” I mean I raised real concerns about public education, the Department of Education came after my career, in an attempt to cover up their misconduct, and… I “fought” back. I must have hit some of these DOE employees back prettyhard, because they suddenly forgoteverything! 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

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

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

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

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

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

SCI 9 – Commissioner Suddenly Finds “Errors” in their Investigation

We continue with theTheSCI Files… There has to be a professional and adult way of saying “Told you so!” Sit down and grab some popcorn again, because the craziness never ends here with this saga. I feel like I’m writing fiction or a John Grisham novel. I also felt as… Continue reading

Easy 2 Yr Solution to ATR Problem -Rate Them Ineffective and Fire Them

What is an Absent Teacher Reserveor ATR and why should you care Wikipedia defines it as:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absent_Teacher_Reserve —– Absent Teacher Reserverefers to teachers that have lost their daily teaching positions, but are reassigned tosubstitutefor absent teachers or to perform clerical work. Most of the job losses have been due to the… Continue reading

Follow up on DOE’s Violation of Their Own Regulation C-770

Yesterday’s postRubber Room Administrator Michele Nacht Exiles Educators Far From Homesparked a response from railroaded teacher of the year David Pakter who tells us this happened to him. In fact it seems that this is a long running policy. I also heard from another teacher who tells me he too… Continue reading

Rubber Room Administrator Michele Nacht Exiles Educators Far From Home

When an educator in NYC is reassigned from their position, pending very, very slow investigations, they go to the Rubber Room Hub first. That hub is room 1201 of 49-51 Chambers Street, NY, NY. There you first meet the receptionist, Dr. CY, who has you sign in and then gives… Continue reading

Lemonade for Sale! – Returning the Serve

They say “When life throws you lemons, just make lemonade.” Going along with that saying I have had plenty of lemons thrown at me. Come get your lemonade.     I was told that on March 11, 2013 Principal Linda Hill made her 30th allegation againstme. Principal Hill contacted SCI… 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

Back to “Work”- 500 Days Out of the Classroom

Welcome back to school fellow educators, students and parents. I envy you educators, if you can believe that. As you sat meetings discussing the new exciting and totally objective evaluation system and flawless Common Core standards implementation, I just…sat. See picture above. Don’t be jealous as I would pay to… 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