The Story

Time I was kept out of the classroom for speaking up for the students and the taxpayers:

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 Island’s North Shore. I was teaching technology at Berta Dreyfus IS 49 for 5 years after I left a successful 7 year career in the Environmental Engineering/Inspection field. My record, as a teacher and school community member, wasstellar.After I became a new father in the community, my focus transcended past my praised classroom and I looked at the issues at the school as a whole. The school is currently ranked 939th out of 1,124 middle schools in NY State. I had a lot of work to do. It was a school that my son would be going to in just 10 short years. As I brought attention to matters, such as discipline, budget and school goals, a hostile work environment was suddenly created around me. Principal Linda Hill began calling me a “hindrance to the community” and questioning my classroom instruction that was previously praised. It did not stop me as I knew something was going on and I pushed forward starting investigations on potential financial misconduct and educational neglect. I submitted the allegations on January 26, 2012. Starting on January 30, 201230+ allegations were made against me, and3 disciplinary letterswere placed in my file in just 10 days, I received my first unsatisfactory classroom observation and I wasultimatelyremoved from school on April 26, 2012. I was sent to a basement storage room with two small gated windows(Rubber Room). It was 20 miles, 6 districts and two boroughs away from my school and home. I was there for over a year before I was moved again. Waiting…waiting for what The investigations on the administrators back at Berta Dreyfus 49 The investigations on me My Federal lawsuit In the meantime, the students lose out the most.

Now if you have time and some popcorn, read the more detailed version…

The long version:

I am Francesco Alexander Portelos. I am an educator and Ilovemy job. I am an NYU Polytechnic University Civil/Environmental Engineer turned middle school teacher and this is my story on how I went from hero to villain by bringing up the needs of the students and community.

For four and half years I served my community and school,Berta Dreyfus IS 49,the best I could (see links above, The Good and Comments). I stayed late almost every day to not only renovate myS.T.E.M. Lab2 times and create engaging lessons, but to also troubleshoot tech issues for colleagues, design more efficient ways to communicate in a 21st century world plus much, much more. MyRobotics teamhas won countless awards in Staten Island including Top Design in NYC.

With years of “satisfactory” ratings and countless thank you emails, I somehow received3 Disciplinary Lettersin my file in 10 days, have been harassed by my administrators, had about 30+ investigations started on me, confiscating my DOE issued iPad, Macbook and teacher PC and asked to resign as UFT Chapter Delegate and finally removed from the school. I also received my first ever unsatisfactory observation. This all happened in a 2 month period.

See updated graph on Negative Incidents plotted against my time in school. The retaliation speaks for itself in just this paragraph. Does it not

Graph - Allegations against Mr. Portelos vs Time

Graph – Allegations against Mr. Portelos vs Time

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN Nuke some popcorn for this story.

Everything was going pretty smooth, on my end, at school for 4.5 years. I loved teaching and my principal, students and parents loved my class and dedication to the school. However, I did not entirely agree with all the waysmytroubled schoolwas being run. After I became a father I decided to become proactive in my community. I became Union Delegate and also obtained a seat on the School Leadership Team (SLT) amongst many other things like speaking up in meetings about safety and lack of discipline. As part of the SLT I noticed we were never talking about the Comprehensive Educational Plan (our school’s goals) or budget which were our main team goals. This despite the NY State Ed department tearing our school apart in the JIT report in 2011. At my fourth meeting, December 13 2011, while the principal was out speaking with the State Quality Review, I asked the SLT Chairperson”Are we ever going to talk about the CEP and Budget“. I did not wait for the principal to leave, it was just that she was not there. This sparked a debate as more and more SLT members, including parents, were wondering the same thing. The principal walked in and when asked she told us “The CEP was due December 1st. I already submitted it.” Now the SLT members, comprised of educators and parents, all have to sign it. This caused suspicious looks from the parents and staff.When the principal stepped out again we started looking for answers. The UFT leader, Richard Candiasaid that we could have called an emergency meeting before the due date had we known. I found anSLT Support siteand with the knowledge ofallmembers present (including the chairperson) sent the following email to the contact person:

MY EMAIL TO SLT SUPPORT SITE

On Dec 13, 2011, “Francesco Portelos” <fportelos@gmail.com> wrote:

Jim,
I just found your SLT blog. Very interesting. I am a brand new member to the team and very disheartened to see that all we do is discuss calendar events. We had absolutely no input in our schools budget or CEP. What can we do We all just left a meeting very upset.

-Francesco

HIS RESPONSE

From: <calantjis@aol.com>
Date: Dec 14, 2011 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: School Leadership Team

Dear Francesco,Your principal’s violating Chancellor’s RegulationsA-655andB-801andState Educational Law 2590-H (15).Speak with the PTA President and Chapter Leader who are core members of the Team with the Principal. Speak with the principal with other members and inform them that you will have to file a complaint with the Superintendent.You can also contact the District Leadership Team for assistance and FACE, the DOE parent advocacy department.
The Team is suppose to be working on the 2012-2013 CEP and budget alignment this school year.Feel free to share this e-mail.Sincerely,
James Calantjis
calantjis@aol.com
sltsupport.blogspot.com

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I was very surprised by his response and forwarded it to UFT Chapter Leader Rich Candia and SLT Chairperson Susanne Abramowitz to see how we can rectify this matter. Remember these two names as they later corroborated on false accusations against methat lead to disciplinary files and my removal from school.

———————–

From:Francesco Portelos<fportelos@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM
Subject: Fwd: Re: School Leadership Team
To: Rich Candia ,Susanne Abramowitz

What do we do

-Francesco

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No Response from them.

I believe this is the point where they turned on me and made me a scapegoat instead of performing the job they were elected to do. Had they, and Principal Linda Hill, acted in a proper and professional manner this would have been resolved back then. They did not and instead started building a baseless case against me. Richard Candia and Susanne Abramowitz eventually wrote false statements about me.See File Letter1 in theDisciplinary Lettersection. By the way, I happened to have recorded the entire conversation and will use it in an upcoming lawsuit. In that recording it is Susanne Abramowitz who is cursing and yelling.

Here is a clip I extracted from the 17 minute recording. Warning: Adult language used:

http://soundcloud.com/user768797347/susanne-abramowitz-outburts

Note: During a Federal deposition that took place over a year later, Susanne Abramowitz admitted to being upset that I reached out to outside sources and even admitted to private meetings with UFT Chapter Leader Richard Candia and Principal Linda Hill.

Between Attorney Bryan Glass and Susanne Abramowitz

Between Attorney Bryan Glass and Susanne Abramowitz

January 2012 (after winter break) a hostile work environment was created around me.UFT Chapter Leader Richard Candia then began texting me that I was thrown under the bus because Principal Linda Hill was told about my inquiry pertaining to the SLT and budget issues. Principal Hill emailed me she would like to discuss my class instruction methods which were never brought up before. More text messages from Richard Candia to me continued stating dont trust her [principal]this is cuz she was told that u emailed slt issue, I think this is Lindas reaction to bein told that…when did she ever question ur teaching b4, now that QR is overnow there are new targets..there are always new targets., I think she is afraid of the problems u could cause her. Richard Candia continued with texts relating to Principal Hills after school per-session activity and made some serious allegations pertaining to potential financial misconduct. At one point he tells me on the phone “I have so much stuff on her Frankie…the woman should be arrested, not fired…arrested!” He made further comments about calling the Special Commissioner of Investigation, Richard Condon and text me 212 510 1500 whistleblowers are protected, y is timecard hidden if there is nothing to hide. The harassment continued.I was kicked under a table by Richard Candia, when my coworkers were being misrepresented at a meeting, I was asked to resign as union delegate, I had my email account suspended by the Principal Hill for a website I owned (I had given her access), I was berated and called a “hindrance” to the school, “divisive” by the principal and “unprofessional” by an Assistant Principal Joanne Aguirre. This was done even though I rallied to keep the PS 14 down the block open the night before. I wassmeared in an email to the staff. I, all of a sudden, had my class lessons that were praised for years now questioned and criticized. I believe this was in an effort to shut me up. It was a BIG MISTAKE and it backfired because I dug deeper andfound things. This was my school community and I was not backing down! They awoke a sleeping giant!

On January 26 2012 I put in an anonymous complaint(later I stated my name) that was brought to our attention by UFT Chapter Leader Richard Candia. It involved potential double dipping and financial misconduct by the administration. We needed to know if it was true and I was hoping it was not. I emailed the Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) giving them 3 years worth of after school activity to cross reference with time sheets. It was referred to the DOE’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI)Case #2012-1950 R-OSI 12-533. As of Aug 24, 2012 It is still being investigated.

February -I tried laying low, but it was useless. Their attacks became more fierce and all parties involved avoided any eye contact with me. All of a sudden I went from not havingANYdisciplinary letters in my file to havingTHREE in just 10 days!

I only told union representatives that I called in the allegations about potential financial misconduct, but in a meeting on February 14, 2012 Principal Linda Hill told District 31 Superintendent Erminia Claudio that she knew about it. That still puzzles me how she knew. Maybe she realized that I was the only one in the whole school who had the guts to call an investigation. She did mention my guts before stating “I may not like what you say Mr. Portelos, but least you have the guts to say it.”

On February 28, 2012 Two investigators from SCI and Assistant Principal Joanne Aguirre came to my class while I was teaching. They unplugged and took the desktop that runs my lab (Still missing as of May 15). I had NO REPRESENTATION and when I inquired about speaking to a lawyer, one investigator, Michael Kenny, replied “You don’t need a lawyer. We are just getting what belongs to us.” They then came to my house to take the DOE Macbook and iPad I was using for a grant. (I left them home because it was a half day and often did work and research at home.) My UFT issued lawyer later told me that I was being investigated because I took back my access to dreyfus49.com, the site I own, and allegedly took away access from Principal Linda Hill. [One second…. so I put in a request to investigate about 3 years of per session activity on January 26 and as of May 15 have no results, but an investigation about me allegedly suspending an account on a website I own was started immediately]

That evening of February 28, 2012, after Parent Teacher conferences, I held my son Alexander and thought to myself “If they come after me and my job, then they come after my family!! Now it wasmyturn…the gloves were off and technology was my turf!

I created a website to collect mydocumentationshowing 4.5 years of excellent service to Berta Dreyfus Intermediate 49. On March 7, 2012 it went public.www.protectportelos.orgI was absolutely disgusted by their actions and the public needed to know what happens to their tax dollars. Everyone started to get a play by play as the drama unfolded. On March 9th , AP Joanne Aguirre called in a new false allegations based on the new website.

I’m out for jury duty only a week and the very next time I put in my foot in the door this happens…

The hostile work environment continued though. On March 16, 2012 Ireturned to work after being out for a week of jury duty. I found my room a mess. My first period back Mrs. Joanne Aguirre and network rep from CFN 211 walked in with clipboards. Since I always receivedSatisfactoryratings(even up until December 2011 before budget talks) and students and parents loved my class, they had to try to get me really off guard. The special education students I was teaching still learned about engineering principles despite theinterruptionsmade by the observers that day. The 90 minute observation led to my first everUnsatisfactoryin 5 years of teaching. It was very poorly written and anything positive was strategically omitted by Ms. Aguirre. During the post observation meeting she even stated “The students were not answering your questions” and 3 minutes later states “They were not even raising their hands…they were just blurting out answers!” <—Really It was even more interesting when I found Ms. Aguirre was an AP for the last 7 years, prior to that a Dean and prior to that a resource teacher. So when was the last time she was in front of a class

At the March SLT meeting I was out deliberating as a juror and attended the meeting late. Would you believe that SLT Chairperson, Susanne Abramowitz and Principal Linda Hill, who were involved in the State Law and Chancellor’s Reg violations, tried to vote me out They lost the vote and I remained. They continued with their smear campaign while I was absent.

On or about March 20, 2012 a coworker asked me how I am handling all this while we were in the hallway. I put my fist up and proclaimed “Staying Strong!” At that point AP Joanne Aguirre passes me andmimicked me to the staff member repeating “Stay Strong Mary Ann…Stay strong!”.

Since I had called in and did not appear to see any movement for the allegations I put in back in January, Iexercised my rights and sent the following FOIL requestNotice the date (4 weeks before I was removed from IS 49)

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From:Francesco Portelos<fportelos@gmail.com>

Date: Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 9:24 AM
Subject: FOIL REQUEST – Principal Timecards
To: JBaranello3@schools.nyc.gov
Cc: MBest@schools.nyc.gov, DMWalcott@schools.nyc.gov

Dear Mr. Baranello,

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, please send me copies by Email of the following records:

1) Principal Linda Hill’s (R049) time cards for all per-session activity from January 2009 to February 2012.

2) The periodic time sheets, or equivalent records, that were submitted to the Per Session Payroll Unit (or wherever they may have been submitted), and that reflect, or contain, the number of per session hours for which Principal Linda Hill had been paid during each reporting period from January 2009 to February 2012.

3) AssistantPrincipal Denise Diacomanolis’ (R049) time cards for all per-session activity from January 2009 to February 2012.

4)The periodic time sheets, or equivalent records, that were submitted to the Per Session Payroll Unit (or wherever they may have been submitted), and that reflect, or contain, the number of per session hours for which Assistant Principal Denise Diacomanolis had been paid during each reporting period from January 2009 to February 2012.

The time cards are probably located at IS 49 in Staten Island, and the periodic time sheets are probably located at both IS 49 and 65 Court Street.
I would appreciate a response within five business days of receipt as required by law.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Sincerely,

Francesco Portelos

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(They responded that they were collecting that data and I should have it by April 20, 2012 and later pushed it back to May 30, 2012)

  • *Note-The reason I also requested the information pertaining to Assistant Principal Denise Diacomanolis is because in April of 2011, I personally witnessed her punch her time card in at 2:30 for an ELL program, heard her say she was visiting a family member, leave the building and was somehow punched out 2 hours later. As per the recommendation of UFT Richard Candia, OSI was notified about that. More recently this year she has been observed taking several time cards from a locked drawer, punching them all through the time clock and locking them back up. Does that sound right taxpayer
  • On March 26, after fighting an army solo, I called the NYC DOE Office of Equal Opportunity and informed them of the harassment and retaliation. I also informed them of the fact that Assistant Principal Joanne Aguirre was harassing me at school also made very inappropriate comments to me back in the fall and continued to harass me since then. Notice the date (4 weeks before I was removed from IS 49)
  • Just 3 days later the sameassistantprincipal, Joanne Aguirre, calls me into an office to give my that first Unsatisfactory Rating. The timing was impeccable.

On April 11 I attempted to go higher to finally get some results on all this wrong doing. I received this in the mail.Notice the date (2 weeks before I was removed from IS 49)


  • My intentions were and always will be for the improvement of the school, so I would report more wrongdoing. Call me a whisteblower, a trouble maker,or a boat rocker…It doesn’t bother me because we have the education of children at stake here and thatsupersedesall. On April 19, 2012 I contacted SCI about how AP Denise Diacomanolis placed an 8th grade honors student in a 6th grade ELL class for two weeks stating “if you want to act like a baby, then we will treat you like a baby“.Does that sound right Case was referred to OSI case # 12-2251. Status unknown.
  • On April 19, 2012 I also reported the false accusation allegations against Mr. Richard Candia and Mrs. Susanne Abramowitz. They corroborated on a story and stated that in a private meeting I showed professional misconduct and made up lies about me cursing. They are in violation of NYC Charter 1116. Fraud; neglect of duty; willful violation of law relative tooffice. a. Any council member or other officer or employee of the citywho shall wilfully violate or evade any provision of law relating tosuch officer’s office or employment, or commit any fraud upon the city,or convert any of the public property to such officer’s own use, orknowingly permit any other person so to convert it or by gross orculpable neglect of duty allow the same to be lost to the city, shall bedeemed guilty of a misdemeanor and in addition to the penalties imposedby law and on conviction shall forfeit such office or employment, and beexcluded forever after from receiving or holding any office oremployment under the city government.b. Any officer or employee of the city or of any city agency who shallknowingly make a false or deceptive report or statement in the course ofduty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, forfeit suchoffice or employment.Case was referred to OSI case # 12-2291. As of August 22, it was CLOSED without one investigator asking me about the recording or anything.
  • APRIL 26, 2012 I WALKED IN TO BERTA DREYFUS IS 49, THE SCHOOL I LOVED AND WAS HANDED PAPERS BY PRINCIPAL LINDA HILL AND AP JOANNE AGUIRRE. I WAS TOLD NOT TO COME BACK BECAUSE I WAS BEING INVESTIGATED. 200+ PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS LOST OUT ON A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR THE NEXT 2 MONTHS. TEACHERS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM WITH PUBLIC EDUCATION.

Now do you see why I was possibly removed The UFT Chapter Elections were also under way and they wanted me out before I could win the seat as Chapter Leader. Does that sound like Union Busting I was still on the IS 49 payroll and still ran for Chapter Leader anyway. I WON!

It’s not enough that I was removed though. Those who oppose me continue the harassment after my reassignment:

1. They disabled my DOE official email access so I cannot communicate or receive official communication nor access my payroll/benefits online!!!

2. They blocked my private email, mrportelos@gmail.com, from emailing any schools.nyc.gov account. I tested it and it happened after I sent them an email they did not like.

3. They moved me out of my district to Queens (1 hr away) in violation of Chancellor’s Regulations C-770 . Yes they are violating their own rules. Can you believe that There reasoning is that they moved me from Petrides because ready for this…According to Gary Laveman, the grievance officer,who received this information from the Director of Human Resources, Andrew Gordon, I was out of control” the 2.5 days at Petrides. Instead of being in my room I was out on the ball field!!! I was the opposite of cordial. Me I really thought he had the wrong report. I asked to face my accusers and still request a disciplinary hearing to find out who is accusing me of these erroneous acts. It wasnt my supervisor there. I know because I asked her. They are not responding to my requests. In fact Gary Laveman told my union rep that there are 6-7 investigations on me and my location is the least of my problems. I called their bluff and requested a disciplinary hearing to discuss this made up behavior. 2 weeks later there is no response to my request. SEE POST HERE

4. The won’t even allow me to go and get any of my belongings that I have collected in my lab for 5 years.UPDATE :Small Claims Court case on October 18, 2012 in Staten Island

5. The DOE continues to scour every corner to find things on me. Maybe they will find what they need to terminate me if they make it up. Perhaps they will find a Jaywalking ticket I may have received when I was 23. Perhaps they will find I may not recycle properly. Someway they will find a way to try and terminate me.In the mean time, people are seeing what is happening and I am gathering largesupport.

Speaking of support :

Why hasnt the CEC for District 31 responded Where is the superintendent Where are the community parent groups and FACE Why hasn’t anyone responded to my formal complaints about Chancellor’s Regulation violations What about the NY State Education Law 2590(h) that was broken by not allowing the SLT to take part in the CEP goals and budget alignment What about how the school’s goals were certified and put online in March without the SLT signing and approving

Do you know that since I was removed on April 26, 2012 I have:

  • had an article about my innovative teaching methods published in the NY Teacher
  • applied for a US Patent for an innovative online shopping site called Faceshop.me-where you shop for clothes on retail sites with your own face.
  • Continued working on an education site I designed called Fridegwork.com-where teachers could post assignments and students post their work and get peer reviewed comments
  • NOTE: None of the above work occurred during taxpayer time!
  • Won UFT Chapter Leader after being in exile for 50 days
  • Filed a PERBimproper practicecomplaint. Initial hearing July 20, 2012
  • Federal Lawsuit against DOE. The Motion to Dismiss by City Attorney Jessica Giambrone was denied and Discovery¬†was open. We were furnished with over 10,000 pages of documents from the DOE and City that had to do with my case. 10,000!

Update: The DOE is now attempting to terminate me.The public hearing began on September 12, 2013 and we had closing arguments on February 12, 2014. 21 days of hearings. We now await a decision.

More recently the DOE attorneys made false allegations to the NY Police Department and I was detained for 33 hours before I was released and the District Attorney declined to prosecute.

UPDATE: Termination Hearing Verdict Is In

 

Again, ridiculous allegations against me postedhere

UPDATE: I am running for President of theUFT in 2016 See UFT2016.com

UPDATE: The Federal Judge precluded much of my story from entering in trial and we lost in August of 2016. My attorney Bryan Glass and I are appealing and are requesting a new trial.

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42 Comments

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  2. Congratulations for putting it all out there. If only more teachers weren’t afraid to speak out, the White Chalk Criminals running our schools would be running like the cockroaches they truly are. Check out EndTeacherAbuse.org and WhiteChalkCrime.com for more truth about our schools –

  3. Come work in Texas. They treat teachers like professionals and we don’t have any of this red-tape nonsense.

  4. Hey, don’t know if you remember me. We took some masters classes in Science at Brooklyn College. It’s a travisty to hear what happened to you. But glad to hear that a fellow teacher has the heart and nerve to Stand up to administration for their wrong doing! Best of luck on your journey!

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  6. OneShuangWenParent

    I am a parent and taxpayer who witnessed something very similar at my kids’ school — ranked last year as the #1 public school in Manhattan despite 70% of its kids living below the poverty line — which is now being seriously weakened and possibly primed for closure. The principal was removed after three years of DOE “investigation.” Now, almost a year after her removal and public humiliation, she STILL has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, the taxpayers pay for her to sit in the rubber room while an incompetent drone makes a poor excuse for an attempt to do her former job. Her union reps at the USELESS “CSA” seem to be in cahoots with the incompetent, corrupt DOE officials who are “overseeing” the situation. (What did she pay all those union dues for) The DOE officials are so hell-bent on weakening the school that they even condoned threats against the committed parents who were part of the school’s success for 13 years. Families are pouring out of the school, and this appears to be exactly what DOE intended. DOE doesn’t like high-performing schools.

    The taxpayers should rise up, drive all the cockroaches out of that huge Tweed building, hire teachers to replace them and turn the building into a sorely needed school. We need the DOE like we need holes in our heads.

    • I am a former Shuang Wen parent and have witnessed first hand the, brutality and hostility of.DOE, OSI and SCI towards our children and teachers. They do not care one whit about education. They forced out the dedicated hard working founder Ling Ling Chou and replaced her with a lying imposter. OSI and SCI spent years and serious funds supporting two digruntled parents, one a criminal and the other a notorious liar. Thank God the parents rose up and finally sued Lynn Berat and Ed Primus, as well as DOE in Federal Court. OSI and SCI are corrupt and Walcott refused to even respond to a 500 signature petition that those very organizations have acted arbitrarily and capriciously.

  7. Marcy Hardaloupas

    Why does it surprise me. Fellow ikarian teacher from chicago, also union delegate whose been fighting an incompetent principal who was put in our school to finish it off 2 years ago. Now we are a turnaround school all staff fired and principal has been giving satisfactory and unsatisfactory to all teachers who questioned her. No matter what city teachers are treated as peons only to work under difficult conditions and expected to be meek little mice

    • Marcy, they messed with the wrong Icarian here in NYC. We come from a small island that has the longest living people on Earth. The worry part of my brain does not work.

  8. STAY STRONG!!!!

  9. I am a teacher in Staten Island as well. I found your web site through silive.com. I wish you the best of luck! I feel bad for you and hope everything works out.

  10. Dear Mr. Portelos, I am one of your students at 49. Both me and my family support you, and wish you the best of luck. You are an awesome teacher, you dont deserve this. All the students in 720 agree. dont you forget that! Good Luck.

    • Aiven, of course I know you are my student. A great student. The thing that is most upsetting is that your class and my other classes lost out on 2 months of quality education. I save my best lessons for the end of the year. I will win this for sure. Thank you, your family and class for the support. Did you, by any chance, go on mrportelos.com and learn Google Sketchup

  11. Sue early, sue often, sue everywhere. You need an Article 78 against the Principal by Order to Show Cause denying UFT members there chosen chapter leader intervening with the Principal when they must meet with her. If you could get the first one who is called to meet with her, to refuse to meet unless the chapter leader is present, and that person to go to Court (along with as many other Chapter members who will say next week it could be them. Portelos has got to be returned to the building to do the job we elected him to do, there are no charges against him, yet he is removed for political and retaliatiry reasons, I would bring that petition in their behalf (though the UFT should be bringing it and first I will refer it to Rick Casagrande to bring if the plaintiffs (the guys/gals who elected you) will allow that. If NYSUT won’t do it and I have to do it that will be very embarrassing to the UFT, I will do it pro bono, since they are accidental plaintiff’s in the city’s vendetta against you. You should also be suing for breach of contract (plenary action in State Court. combined with Article 78 or separate action is better because the April 15, 2010 agreement between DOE and UFT says in no more rubber rooms and 60 day maximum for charges to be investigated or you are sent back to your school so on the 61st day after you were notified you were being investigated you should have been in State Court enforcing the agreement which I have emailed to you and has the force of the CBA itself, eforce CR -770 in that emergency petition as well –you could have this resolved at least for the present before school restarts. See attached file. Joy Hochstadt

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  13. Dear Mr.Portelos i was in your classroom in 6th grade and also stopped in through 7th and 8th i have read all the pages within this page and i think what the school has done to you is wrong and me, my brother Joseph and the rest of my family supports you. You were the best Tech teacher a student can ask for and i truly wish you the best.

    • Mr. Thompson,
      Thank you. This means a lot. This fight is for you, the student. I will win. That is easy. Hoping the best for you and the family. Come by and visit when I return to IS 49.

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  16. 10 years ago I retired after 35 years service and was first elected a chapter leader when Albert Shanker was UFT president. He would have made a mockery of the gang of idiots running the schools. What I am reading sounds like pages from”Alice in Wonderland.” I have been keeping up with the madness and I feel that Mulgrew and his Unity cronies are part of the problem. My advice to those teachers in the trenches ducking poorly written, non-sensical missives from illiterate Leadership Academy graduates is to keep your head down and watch your back because it is obvious that the UFT has become an ineffective, inept, debating society existing only to make itself look good.
    Keep up the good fight.

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  18. I spoke out and had ridiculous allegations happen and somehow can’t keep my mouth shut and continue to speak out against injustice. Unfortunately it seems like our union is a large part of the problem. I wish u the best of luck and encourage u to never stop. Complacency will be the demise of this country. I fear for my children’s education daily.

  19. if there is justice in this world, then it will come to you…..

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  21. This story sounds eerily familiar. Oh! That’s because the same thing, more or less, happened to me in a school (now scheduled to be phased out) in the North Bronx.

  22. Know that there are parents,students and other DOE employees all across NYC that are in a similar situation. Stay strong…If you ever feel weary read:

    Habakkuk 1:1 – 5

    Their days are numbered

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  25. Charles S. Giannone

    stay thirsty for the truth, my friend, from the most interesting man in the world

  26. Charles S. Giannone

    My biggest fear for you is that this will slowly erode your marriage, it did mine.

  27. Charles S. Giannone

    SOLIDARITY SIEMPRE

  28. MY WIFE TRIED TO GET A LETTER OF NOMINATION FROM A PRINCIPAL FROM 2-3 SCHOOLS THAT MY KIDS GO TO OR WENT TO AND GUESS WHAT THERE ALL GIVEN OUT . I WOULD LOVE TO CHECK WHO RECIVED THEM RELATIVES OR FRIENDS OF PEOPLE THAT WORK THERE
    HOW CAN ANYONE GET IN TO BECOME A PARA IF THEY NEVER CAN GET THE LETTER, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WE TRIED BUT I CAN SEE ITS A UP HILL BATTLE

  29. I want to say I appreciate your fight but would ask that you remove the two comments from the parents at Shuang Wen. I know the charges against the Principal there were not made up and that she deserved to be removed. I also don’t appreciate my name being used as the charges were trumped up and dismissed. Many of the parents in that school were there illegally and lied to get in, with the collusion of the principal. You can e-mail me and I can send you the charges

  30. I admire you in your determination to fight the DOE. I’m actually seeing Mr. Glass next week. Similarly to you, my reputation and record for 30 yrs was stellar. My rating this year has become developing because I am an older teacher and have developed physical problems; I have been harassed and denied my ADA rights. I’m sure you have heard the Bryant H.S. drama. More power to you….never give up the fight for our kids!

  31. And sadly, the horror stories are all true…….what you heard is probably only one percent of what is going on.

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