Built to fight, but not to win? Appeal denied.

I slept rather well last night. This, despite receiving news that the second highest court in the country, the Court of Appeals, denied my appeal for my first amendment federal case last August. Continue reading

What the DOE can do to vocal and veteran teachers. It can happen to you.

Vocal Veteran teacher This can happen to you. Stay strong! 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

Today’s Rally at Tweed

If you do some research on the actual construction of the Tweed Courthouse, you will find that it was actually built on theback of corruption. It was built using funds provided by the corruptWilliam M. “Boss” Tweed, whoseTammany Hallpolitical machinecontrolled the city and state governments at the time.Tweed became one… Continue reading

Joel Klein’s Attorneys are Still Deeply Rooted in @NYCSchools

Educators and parents, It’s been a tough decade for us here in NYC. Unfortunately, many of those responsible for the poor policy, including emphasis on high stakes testing, school closures and co-location, are still here . My battle, initiated by a growing number of NYC Department of Educationemployees, hits the… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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