701 Days in Educator Exile. “No Big Deal”

[Note: there was an error and this did not post properly, so I re-posted.]   “In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey.” -Beck Look, relax…it’s no big deal. We are just talking about the educational neglect of countless students and the squandering of millions of taxpayer dollars. Don’t… Continue reading

Donors Choose-Day – Help Mr. Valia Get a 3D Printer

Over the summer I had the idea to start writingDonorsChoose.orgproposals for teachers who were too busy to do it. For those who do not know,DonorsChoose.orgis a great site where generous philanthropists pay for some or a teachers entire class project. Some pay $5 and some $2,000 or more. This is… 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

[UPDATED] DOE’s Workplace Bullying Continues – My 33 Hours Behind Bars

I didn’t think that I would have to update my “Allegations Against Mr. Portelos” list again, but unfortunately I did. Those who have been working tirelessly to end my career hit a new low. A new allegation came in through the NYC Police Department, not the Special Commissioner of Investigation,… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Two Months Before it Got Ugly

For those not up to date on the lingo, TBT or Throw Back Thursday is in reference to the act of posting pictures or sharing memories from the past. It’s becoming an increasingly popular term and I thought to throw one out there. Maybe I will do it weekly. The… 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

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

Not So Fast Former Chancellor Walcott

Wait! Not so fast. Don’t go too far former Chancellor Dennis Walcott and former Superintendent Erminia Claudio. Some of you might have read that I filed a Federal lawsuit against Principal Linda Hill, the NYC Department of Education, The City of NY and former Chancellor Dennis Walcott. That complaint was… Continue reading

SCI Part 5 – Faulty Investigations

In case you missed them: Part 1:The Special Commissioner of Investigations Hand is in the Pocket of the Chancellor Part 2:A Tale of Two Videos Part 3:Principal, Playboy and NY Post…Oh My! Part 4:$ubpoena with a Capital $ I received a call from a retired teacher who stated he was… Continue reading

SCI Part 4- $ubpoena with a Capital $

  A subpoena duces tecum (or subpoena for production of evidence) is a court summons ordering the recipient to appear before the court and produce documents or other tangible evidence for use at a hearing or trial. This is part four of an ongoing series I started on my own… Continue reading

SCI Part 3- Principal, Playboy and NY Post…Oh My!

This is Part 3 of EducatorFightsBack.org’s series on the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation. In case you missed them: Part 1:The Special Commissioner of Investigations Hand is in the Pocket of the Chancellor Part 2:A Tale of Two Videos   Readers, I wish I was making this up.… Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: Case 12-533 of Financial Misconduct is Finally Closed & Under Review

On the 649th day since I first reported alleged financial misconduct at IS 49, I have just been informed that the case is now closed and under review. See below response from Director of OSI. This is in response to asking who replaced the investigator that had the case: ________… 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

DOE Administrative Trials Unit and “Reading Comprehension”

It’s not only important that you can just read, but that you can also comprehend what you read. Isn’t that what we teach and test students on Reading comprehension is extremely important. What Common Core Learning Standard does that fall under I wouldn’t know as I have been barred from… Continue reading

The Special Commissioner of Investigation’s Hand is in the Pocket of the Chancellor

Part 1 of the EducatorFightsBack.org’s SCI Series The Special Commissioner of Investigation’s Hand is in the Pocket of the Chancellor Relax…it’s a question, not a statement. Notice the “question mark” at the end Just a quick thank you to my public school teachers for teaching me proper punctuation and grammar.… Continue reading

3,000 Pages of Secret DOE Emails. [Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm Enters Stage Left]

On Monday I went to my attorney’s office in Manhattan to strategize and pick up this CD (above). The DOE Tweed building, where all the head brains are, was on my way. I stopped and took this quick photo just after I past two attorneys from the Administrative Trials Unit.… Continue reading

New Investigation on Me Takes the Cake -I’m telling students how to sneak weapons into school

I was called in to the Office of Special Investigation for a newinvestigation against me yesterday. It’s crazy. I attended the OSI conference andI was told that on March 11, 2013 Principal Linda Hill made her 30th allegation on me. Principal Hill contacted SCI on March 11 about a blog… Continue reading

Vague SCI Report is Finally Out on Portelos and IS 49

At 2:22 PM today, April 25, 2013, I was looking at the countdown on this site. It was going to show the 365 day 0 hour and 0 minute mark of the last time I stepped foot into my beloved STEM Lab. Just then my phone beeped and I received… Continue reading

Is Test Tampering Big in NYC Too

The buzz on the street is that these high stakes tests are beingtampered with and may be soiled withcheating. Why would anyone want to cheat on a test I mean don’t let the wordshigh stakesfool you. It’s not like these scores are tied to graduation, promotions, termination and bonuses Oh… Continue reading

Professional Undevelopment

“We want the worst possible teachers in the classroom” – Said no one ever. What I attempted to do, while in educator exile, is learn. Learn about law, physics, earth science, read up on other cases, read up on labor law and union contracts etc. I had ZERO professional development… Continue reading