Tenure is for Girls! [and others who speak up]

Seriously… Is it not Read Below.

Over a year ago I FOILed the number of probationary (nontenured) teachers discontinued in the NYC DOE inthelast two years. I know, I could have just asked the UFT, but they wouldn’t give usthe info. In fact, when I asked for thenumber ofreassigned teachers, UFT Staff Director Leroy Barr wrote back ”

Mr. Portelos,

As the number is constantly changing and the DOE controls who is reassigned, I recommend you submit a FOIL request to the DOE for this information.”

In other words since babies are constantly being born and people are dying every day, you can never get a real population count. Right

In any case I finally received the answer.

discontinued teachers

Yes. In just 2 years, in NYC DOE alone, 456 teachers have not made it past three years and been discontinued. Some in just their first year. Discontinued does sound better than terminated, but in fact all those, and over a 100 more since then, have been terminated and barred from teaching in the DOE again. Carmen’s DOE continues with this method.

There!Are you happy now Sam Pirozzolo, Mona Davids, Campbell Brown, David Welch and therest According to the demographics of those teachers that contact us and my attorney Bryan Glass, Esq. they are mostly young females.

Young females who wanted to teach and help children since they were little girls.

Young females like this guidance counselor who was ordered to do everything but counsel students. When she dared tellPrincipal Adonna McFarlandthat students aren’t getting services she too was terminated.http://dtoe.org/2014/04/25/carmens-doe-takes-another-young-career/

Young females like this one who wrote:

My observations were conducted on the following dates:May 13,May 15,May 16,May 19 and May 20, plus one conducted onMarch 30. I only received 3 feedbacks for all 13 observations. At the Summative Conference on June 16 I was handed a rating of Ineffective even though my students showed steady growth according to the Benchmark Assessment, Periodic Assessment and MOSL, plus I have a Valedictorian, new ESL student and one Salutatorian also an ESL student.” More on this story later.


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OK, we get males contacting us too, but you get our drift. Where is the UFT Surely you don’t see any of these stories in the NY Teacher. Instead you read Happy Happy stories of the “New Tone” at the DOE and pictures like this:

“Carmen, as long as I keep getting my $250,000 I don’t care what you do to my members.”

Now you have astroturf groups like NYC Parents Union trying to make sure more teachers are nontenured and unprotected Who is the NYC Parents Union anyway Mona Davids started the group and elected herself president in 2011. She has been undefeated in every non-election since.

She posted on her blog “We Love Teachers!” in 2011 and three yearslater has theaudacity to come after teachersby suing and pushing her kids at theforefront Money talks I guess, but what money We are looking into it.

Many other educators on Facebook have started doing research and also found this:





Top School


Top school in NYC I’m sure she is a smart girl, but do you think that perhaps, just perhaps, her teachers helped her get a “sound basic education” as stated in the constitution The same you state she and her brother were denied.

Parents vs Teachers as theEd Reformers Laugh

Yesterday in Staten Island, CEC 31 had their monthly meeting. About 70 teachers showed up and I heard about 30 were waiting online to get in. President Sam Pirozzolo was quick to tell the crowd that the CEC has nothing to do with the Anti-Tenure lawsuit he helped file as vice president of the NYC Parents Union. He then asked if there are any members who would like to speak and I added my name under UFT District Rep Sean Rotkowitz.

Sean spoke well against the lawsuit and need for tenure and I followed. I asked thecrowd of educators to please raise their hand if they are also parents. About 85% did. I then emphasized the absolute need to have tenure protections so we can be protected from retaliation. Both of our speeches ended with applause from the crowd. I sat down and Sam Pirozzoloended themeeting. The entire meeting lasted about 14 minutes. We all looked at each other like “What the firetruck”

After themeeting I was approached by NY Post reporter Aaron Short. “What is going with you and Mona” he asked. “Who cares” I thought and might have said. Mona’s fake allegation that I threatened her children is not news. The fact that almost 100 teachers spent an evening of their summer vacation to stand in solidarity is real news.

The Post and Daily News did not care. It was a chance to attack teachers again and today published these stories with no mention of theCEC meeting.

Daily News –Parents against teachers say they’re being harassed by educator

NY Post –Media Hungry Parents UnionClaimTeachers TweetsThreatenKids inAnti-TenureSuit

Critics state I should not have named the children in this tweet:

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I do not deny mentioning little Eric D and Franklin P, but didn’t their parents post their names for the worldto see herehttp://www.scribd.com/doc/232525657/TenureLawsuitFiling-wIndexNumber

In case you need help with sarcasm, you can get help deciphering it here:

How Is This Tweet Harassment– Perdito Street School

In Defense of Francesco Portelos, He Loves Kittens– South Bronx School

Of course we all know this was really about getting their name in thepress and because of my post

Think again about coming after our teachers and parent allies…young and old…tenured and nontenured.

This goes for you too CSA and Administrators in Need of Improvement.

We started publishing the list of administrators nominated by educators and parents to be in need of improvement.


I guess we continue this dance…


About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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