I’m Under a NEW Investigation. Yes, Really.

I wish I was making this up. More lemons….more lemonade. I was called to the DOE’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI). I was called in as a witness to something. When I returned to my reassignment location, I was handed an envelope by my supervisor. “A man came looking for… 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

[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

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

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

How to “Hack” the DOE Payroll Portal and Give Yourself a Raise

Tired of being abused with extra work that isn’t helping your students, less time, less autonomy and not even a raise since 2009 Don’t be angry …just “hack” the payroll system like I did and take what you worked hard for. Continue reading

Can Bloom-Klein’s DOE Attack on Probationary Teachers Be Remedied

Her name is Jennifer and she is in her early twenties. She wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl. Her mother was a teacher. Her father was a teacher. Both are retired now from the NYC Board of Education. Her aunt Susan and older brother Kyle… 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

@NYCSchools Deputy Chancellor Grimm Hides Asbestos Disturbance

UPDATE: City of NY Visits the post below: Today’s DNAInfo.com article titled Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Got Preferential DOE Treatment, Emails Show, discusses how DOE leaders bent over backwards to accommodate schools for Success Academy Charters. One of those that laid down the red carpet was Deputy Chancellor of Operations… 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

Is NYSED Hiding UFT/DOE Teacher Evaluation Proposals

Today is the first official day of the 2013-2014 school year for students and therefore the beginning of this dreaded evaluation system. I hear teachers are already crying. Get your artifacts ready fellow educators. Just kidding… I don’t even know what artifacts are as I have been denied professional development… Continue reading

Arbitrator Carol Wittenberg Doesn’t Need DOE Evidence

*Note: I had to jump out of vacation mode here in Greece for this one. I cashed in my American Airlines miles and came here with my family in attempt to unwind and relax. Now since I came to Greece, I’ve really gone almost cold turkey as far as education… Continue reading

UPDATED June 6 2013 -Big Arbitration Win for School Community IGNORED BY DOE

JUNE 7 2013 – UPDATE ON THE BOTTOM IN RED As most of you may know, I have been strongly advocating for the students and staff at my community school, Berta Dreyfus IS 49, for quite some time now. A handful of NYC Department of Education employees have been trying… 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

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