Who is Donald Conyers

Donald Conyers DOE

Donald Conyers DOE

Ever see a fight where one person is outnumbered and then out of nowhere someone from the crowd also throws a cheap shot jab against the underdog

InOctober 2013, Iwas emailing DOE officials about attending a public co-location meeting at my community school of IS 49. Then, out of nowhere, I get this bizarre email from a guy named Donald Conyers. No introduction, he just jumped in to throw a jab.


From:Conyers Donald<DConyer@schools.nyc.gov>
Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Subject: Mr Portelos fportelos@gmail.com
To: “fportelos@gmail.com” <fportelos@gmail.com>
Mr. Portelos:

Thank you for reading the attached document.

October 22, 2013

Mr. Portelos,

You may attend the joint public hearing on the proposed co-location of IS 49 but only as a member of the public, and not in any other capacity. As a member of the public, you will be permitted to provide public comment at the public hearing for up to two minutes, if you sign up ahead of time. You may not make any other presentations at the hearing.

You may not conduct a union meeting at IS 49 on Friday, October 25th because you have been reassigned and charged with misconduct under Education Law 3020-a; under the circumstances, you may not enter the school premises.

I trust you will comply with these directives.


Donald Conyers


You pick up on that Public…public..public. “Member of the public.” I have been raising concerns and fighting back as a member of the public since day one and this guy, whoever he is, strips me of all other titles. My Federal case is based on retaliation for speaking as a member of the public. Thanks for clearing that up Mr. Conyers!

It didn’t stop there though.


From: Francesco Portelos [mailto:fportelos@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:59 AM
To: Brodsky David
Cc: Sean Rotkowitz <srotkowitz@uft.org>
Subject: PTA Meeting at 49

Mr. Brodsky,

I will be attending the November 12th PTA meeting at IS 49. No issues with that, correct

-Francesco Portelos


Notice I did not email Donald Conyers, but here he is again:


From:Conyers Donald<DConyer@schools.nyc.gov>
Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM
Subject: PTA Meeting at 49 (Portelos)
To: “Francesco Portelos (fportelos@gmail.com)” <fportelos@gmail.com>

Mr. Portelos,

Your request to attend the PTA meeting at IS 49, scheduled for November 12, 2013, has been referred to me for a response and is denied. ……….[message truncated]…….

–Donald Conyers


Did Donald Conyers realize that he violated Chancellor’s Regulation A-660 section 4.

“Attendance and Participation – PA/PTAmeetings must be non-exclusive
and open to thegeneral publicin accordance with NYS Education Law.
PA/PTAmembers may attend and participate in all general membership
meetings. In addition, individuals who are not members of the PA/PTA
may attend general membership meetings as observers, but may only
participate in discussions with the approval of the executive board. “
To which I finally replied:
From:Francesco Portelos<fportelos@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: PTA Meeting at 49 (Portelos)
To: Conyers Donald <DConyer@schools.nyc.gov>
Cc: Brodsky David <dbrodsky@schools.nyc.gov>, mvazquez16@schools.nyc.gov, RSinger4 <rsinger4@schools.nyc.gov>

Mr. Conyers,

Who are you exactly I mean what is your role in my case and in what capacity are you involved with it You never introduced yourself.

Your statements are not entirely true. I’ve encountered many reassigned employees who have been allowed into their school to attend grievance meetings, get their belongings or even a PD. All of them had allegations involving students. I guess my raising alleged administrator misconduct worries certain DOE attorneys a little more.

Did Mr. Brodsky make that determination or did you

Francesco Portelos

“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” -Martin Luther King Jr.


One Comment

  1. He is breeding more bullies like him in our schools so sad for the communities that don’t know what they are doing to our schools. This has been even more so an era of Tumpism.

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