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

A Big Victory for Transparency in NYC Schools

“…remember the names of the lions at the main library: Patience and Fortitude. There is a terrible urge to lash out wildly in protest of injustice. Resist the urge. The battle must be won in the courts, but cases must be legally sound.” Continue reading

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

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

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

A Case for Teacher Tenure Part 2 Guilty…As Charged

In Part 1 I shared all the charges against me that were dismissed by thearbitrator from my termination hearing. Those did not include the over 25 allegations and investigations against me that were unsubstantiated. Do not mistake investigations with charges. All in all, with investigations and charges, the Department of Education has taken over 50 shots at my career and missed. Thanks TENURE!!

Now for some of the charges that were sustained by Arbitrator Felice Busto. Continue reading

DOE Won’t Throw in the Towel. I am now an ATR

If you are reading this, then you should have read theprevious post on the decision. DOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire. The DOE and UFT have been stating that they are attempting to reduce and eradicate the infamous ATR pool. You… 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

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

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

Running for a NYSUT Union Position April 5, 2014

It’s pretty surreal to go from missing union meetings during my probationary years to becoming UFT Chapter Leader and now running for a NY State United Teachers (NYSUT) position this April. Running for At-Large Director of NYSUT ED 24,25: “During my first years of teaching I missed almost every union… 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

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

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

Federal Judge to NYC Attorney Jessica Giambrone: MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED

For those of you who are following my crazy saga, you know I filed a Federal lawsuit (Portelos v DOE) last June. It is against the City, DOE, and Berta Dreyfus IS 49 Principal Linda Hill. They attempted to silence a parent, who is an educator, who has a backbone… Continue reading