Who had the brilliant idea of taking me out of the classroom? Instead of spending time creating engaging lessons or calling parents or researching the next lesson….I am starting a movement to unite an entire community.
I created www.occupywarrenstreet.org. As I put the site together I came across some really ugly numbers as they pertain to my school. I know my sons will not be going to a school ranked 939th out of 1,124. I have 10 years to change it. I already started and am picking up speed. Go ahead….submit 3020-A charges against me and try and terminate me. Will that not make me a concerned parent in the community anymore? No.
On June 6, 2012 I attended a Town Hall meeting at PS 58 and listened to my boss, Chancellor Walcott. An audience member asked “What about the problems at IS 49?” I believe his response was something like “We are aware of the issues at IS 49 and will be working closely with TWEED to work on a resolution.” What the chancellor, and everyone in the auditorium, including the CEC, probably did not know was that just 3 hours earlier a big riot took place at our school. As staff was waiting to sign out, a suspended girl sneaked into the building followed by a group of students. She proceeded to beat up a teacher and an assistant principal. That was June 6th and the assistant principal is still out. The teacher left for another school.
I hate to assume, but something tells me if you picked up our school’s issues and moved them to a more prominent section of Staten Island, they would be squashed immediately. Why are we treated differently? Are our children not worth a proper education?
This article is from June 2011.
We are still waiting for the support. Maybe the problem lies with the Children First Network that we belong to. Maybe they are too far away in Ozone Park Queens (where I am located). According to this link below, an School Leadership Team and the principal can vote and change the CFN they belong too. We didn’t told that.
I will be bringing that up at the next SLT meeting. Oh wait, I cannot attend the SLT meetings because I am not allowed in the building. I can’t enter the school building because they think I was making lights blink in classrooms and running a real estate business. You can’t make this stuff up.
In any case, small little Warren Street will be occupied. It is just a matter of time. The community will have a voice now and not wait for PEP to have a closing hearing.
All local politicians, media and DOE officials are invited to attend the Occupy Warren Street meeting.
Asking for help has not helped me much in the past. See below an email I sent to District 31 Superintendent, Erminia Claudio, on Sunday January 29th. This was after my school account was suspended, I was told to be quiet at a UFT meeting, was called a “hindrance” to the community and asked to resign as UFT Delegate. I reached out for help. I went to my bosses boss. She was nice enough to call me on a Sunday evening. The very next day, however, I had THREE investigations called in on me as well as TWO disciplinary memos written. Hmm…thanks?
From: Francesco Portelos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM
Subject: Issues at Berta Dreyfus IS 49
Dear Ms. Claudio,
- a member of the SLT,
- the UFT Delegate,
- Coach of the successful Robotics Team,
- Coach of the Cranial Crunch Team,
- Creator of the very successful dreyfus49.com email and document sharing system
- Creator of the online Progress Report system
- SES tutor
- JCC Beacon Computer Lab
- and many more notable roles.
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Follow me on twitter: @mrportelos