Throwback Thursday- How to Distract Students Taking State Tests

Re-Post This story is three years old and I have yet to be questioned by the Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI), NYSED or anyone. Only run around.


I was removed from school the morning of April 26, 2012. My guess is that I was a threat to uncovering alleged financial misconduct and a threat to winning the UFT Chapter Leader position (which I did from the Rubber Room). I was not removed because I was ineffective or a threat to a child. I handed in all my keys and parking pass. Why was it necessary for Principal Linda Hill and Assistant Principal Joanne Aguirre to be up at my door overseeing the changing of my locks after the NY Standardized Math test had already started Was I going to send my spies to retrieve equipment and nuke it in my microwave Or were they going to collect the personal belongings I left that I am prevented from going in to take There were about 5 students in my class as well as another 60 across the hall. While I sat at 51 Chambers St., I received several messages, from several staff members, indicating this was happening. I explained what happened a few days later in my post titled Online and Omnipresent.including filing an SCI complaint and calling the NYS Test Administration office.

The last day of school, June 27, 2012, I received the belowpicture, from an anonymous email. Proof of this is easy to obtain as all one has to do is look back at Camera C2-19 that faces my room. I have to mention that the custodians and substitute were following orders and should not be held accountable at all. Is there any accountability anyway I wonder if any of the banging (sources say it took at least 45 minutes to change the 2 locks) affected any of the students 60+ students.

Pay close attention to the time on the clock, the custodian kneeling and the proctor reading theinstructions.

Now look at Principal Linda Hill lying during testimony for a Federal case we have against her and thecity.

Principal Hill Lying about test distraction under oath.

Principal Hill Lying about test distraction under oath.

Children First….Always

Three years later and I was never interviewed by investigators and SCI Chief Thomas Fennell has yet to furnish any case number or status about this investigation. Perhaps there was no investigation. Perhaps SCI decided it did not merit and they would rather put more effort into investigating whether or not I made emergency lights go off or if I walked by a classroom too often. Perhaps their investigators were busy investigating whether or not other whistleblowers around the city were also engaged in sudden misconduct.

As parents and citizens, I would call or email SCI Chief Investigator Thomas Fennell and ask ( or call 212-510-1400).



One of many emails to New York State Education Department.

From: Barbara Wallis <>
Date: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: Test Misadministration at Berta Dreyfus IS 49
To: “Mr. Portelos” <>, NYSED EMSCASSESSINFO <>
Cc: NYSED Commissioner <>

Mr. Portelos,
We have received your email and have forwarded to the correct office.
Thank you for the enquiry!

Barbara Wallis
Bureau Chief
Office of State Assessment


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Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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