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 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

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

UFT President Mulgrew and Chancellor Walcott to decide fate of some “Rubber Roomed” educators.

As of November 21, 2012, I have been removed from my position, as a classroom STEM teacher, for: 210 Calendar Days and 100 School Days (40 days past 60 day time limit agreed upon) …and I’m not the only one of the 220+ educators who past the time limit. Just… Continue reading

The Gadsden Flag Significance in Fighting Back

Since I came under attack, around the end of January 2012, a repetitive thought in my head was “Don’t Tread on Me.”. Thank you to my HS Social Studies teacher, Mr. Bruns (Port Richmond 1996 and, ironically, former IS 49 teacher.) I printed out a picture of the Gadsden flag… Continue reading

How I went from Hi-Tech lab to the Rubber Room

Time I was kept out of the classroom for no reason: 747 days From STEM Lab (above) to thisreassignment center (below) The short version: My name is Francesco Alexander Portelos. I am a parent and educator of Staten Islands North Shore. I was teaching technology at Berta Dreyfus IS 49… Continue reading