To piggyback on yesterday’s post, A CRAZY YEAR, here is what happened a year ago today.

After realizing Principal Linda Hill sent the CEP without our School Leadership Team even looking at it, I received the following email:

———- Forwarded message ———-

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-655 and B-801 and State 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


I took that email and sent it to parents, the UFT Chapter Leader and the Chairperson:


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?


——-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 at that point. 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 Letter 1 in the Disciplinary Letter section. 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:


Defamation of Character? We’ll let the court decide.

Sign Petition to reinstate me, if you haven’t already.


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