Please remember to hide your Time Card in a safe place to prevent transparency. 


No pin required. Just write in the times you want us to believe you worked and the taxpayer will send you a check. Right Principal Hill? 

It seems that there is a “DOEble Standard” when it comes to investigations, allegations and cases within the Department of Education. It took me some time to figure that out, but when I did I went right into writing F.O.I.L requests and doing my own public citizen investigation. It’s been over 223 days since I was removed and no charges have been brought up against me. It’s kind of hard to draw blood from a rock, but I give them a lot of credit for trying.

SCI Slogan I followed: “Don’t Let Corruption & Crime Rob Your Child Of An Education!

Let’s go over some of the cases and allegations that have taken place in my school, Berta Dreyfus IS 49, in Staten Island. My union lawyer, SCI and I all agree that it is a “tangled mess of allegations and investigations”. I have to say though that all my allegations have been backed up with a lot of evidence, and their allegations are pulled out of thin air. I’m very confident that I will pull through all 20+ investigations. I’m like NEO from the Matrix dodging bullets.


First click here for the allegations against me that all started just four days after I made my first allegation and one day after pouring my concerns out to District 31 Superintendent Erminia Claudio. She called me on a Sunday night for 45 minutes. She ended with “You talk to your union and I will talk with Linda.” The next day, my first two disciplinary letters and first three investigations. Must have been some nice pep talk Ms. Claudio. Thank you.

Just four days (including weekend) later?. Coincidence? Please comment below which one you think warranted my removal. It’s been 310 days since the investigators were called about me.

Now here are the allegations made against the employees that are still in the building with access to money and children.

Wanted Poster

I know it’s crazy as the allegations against me are comical and the allegations against them are very serious. What was the statement the DOE Press Office made about me when I live streamed two months ago? Oh that’s right “Francesco Portelos has been extremely difficult to work with, was transferred twice, and there are multiple investigations pending against him.” It’s two months later and they still have not elaborated or have been specific as to what they mean by “extremely difficult” or “multiple investigations“. Has anyone heard of the DOE being so secretive about allegations against a teacher before? “Transferred twice?” They didn’t mention that the first transfer was on April 26, 2012 to the Petrides Complex in Staten Island and the second transfer was three days later due to false accusations by DOE Top Brass Andrew Gordon, HR Director. He is also currently under investigation by the Office of General Council (Case 2012-4638 R-OGC SCI # 3708) See this post allegation in detail here .

Did I mention hundreds of my students have had over a dozen substitutes while I have been jailed up 20 miles away?

Here are some case numbers on them as I know none of the case numbers against me:

Case #      Action         Subject
2012-2118 R/OSI         Diacomanolis/Hill        
2012-2251E/osi             Diacomanolis
2012-2291R/OSI           Abrabowitz/Candia
2012-2937 I/sci             Hill
2012-3698I/SCI            Diacomamolis/Hill
2012-4031I/SCI                “
2012-4529N/SCI         Gordon
2012-4638R/OGC       Gordon
2012-4640/O)GC        Baranello
2012-4957N                  Diacomanolis
2012-4986 N
2012-5246N                  Gordon
2012-5402R/OSI           DOE
2012-3720I                    Diacomanolis
OEO  376/12                  Aguirre
Now lets step back a second. I’ve been removed for making lights blink in classrooms and a principal who has been basically writing her own checks from tax funds is still in school. In addition to breaking down payments to dodge approval? Click here for the principal’s credit card statements I FOILed. Check out the payments to PINMAN
See just one example of how she double dipped for two programs and also wrote in her own hours. She didn’t walk the 15 feet to the Time Clock 80 times in one year alone.
An Assistant Principal had a little drink at an establishment outside of school and said some strange things that were highly inappropriate. Now I can take a joke, but when we had no issues prior to that date and after that date she interfered with my union run as delegate, started calling me “unprofessional”, mocked me in the hallways, brought SCI investigators to my room to confiscate equipment while I was teaching with NO UFT REPRESENTATION and then performed a 90 minute Gotcha Style Observation after I was absent for four days of jury duty, I had to call the Office of Equal Opportunity. I spoke to the director, Mecca Santana, and replayed all the events to her over the phone. Her response was “It seems after you rebuffed her advances, she might have harassed you. We are going to have to investigate this.” That was March 26, 2012.  What happened three days later? Oh I was called in by that AP and given my first Unsatisfactory EVER!

I’m still waiting for the findings of the OEO investigation. They told me it was complete, however I found many witnesses were not interviewed. Listen below as the AP contradicts herself in a the post observation meeting. “Students were not answering any of your questions.” 2 minutes later… “They were blurting out the the answers.”

Another Assistant Principal has been known, throughout the school, to be a little too hands on with the students. They have called in complaints before but it has always been turned on them instead. History seems to repeat itself.
Here is a quote from a 2011 article about our school. “School Gone Wild” -NY POST
Teachers, afraid of retaliation by their supervisors as well as the young ruffians, are voicing desperation in leaked messages to the media.The mayhem-filled middle school is the perfect example of how violence and disorder can escalate when school leaders lose trust among staff — and shut out the community.
When was that again? Oh 2011. I had nothing to do with that article, nor any negative article about the school. Who called it in then? Just scroll back up to top of this post.
Is that why this video was recorded and then I was removed? They succeeded in removing the one person who did not look the other way.
 I sent it to some parents to check and see if I was maybe crazy and this was an appropriate way to frisk a child in the hallway.
frisking child 2
Apparently it is appropriate because every investigative body has seen it and she was never removed. I was even asked by one “What are you? The Fashion Police?”
Wait, don’t go anywhere…there so much more.
Did you see the first disciplinary letters I ever received? Yes, they were from Rich Candia and Susanne Abramowitz. They said I was unruly and cursed in a private January 26, 2012 meeting the three of us had.
Had I lost trust in them at that point? Yes. did I believe they had aligned with the Principal because they were involved in State Law violations? Yes. Was it me cursing? No. Listen below to a clip of me asking to meet with them and sort out our differences. I think that’s called mediation.

The rest of the many allegations have to do with the principal accepting a $4,000 kickback,  an assistant principal sending an 8th grade honors student to a 6th grade ELL class, many School Leadership Team violations, still not addressed to this day, Conflict of Interest by an assistant principal who worked for one of her teachers on the weekend and so many more that I’m just tired of typing….

I’m out. They are in. I’m fighting to get back.

Please help fight these DOEble Standards by sharing this post, my main blog and signing the petition. You can also call Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s office at 212-374-0200. If he is busy, perhaps Deputy Chancellor David Weiner, in charge of labor relations, may be of service. His number is 212-374-5580


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


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