What an embarassment this will prove to be for Walcott/Bloomberg and their aim to end tenure when they use laughable charges (including over half by his own chapter leader to get him out of the school) to try to railroad a top-level teacher - qualified, quality, effective - go ahead, apply any of the ed deform code words - for blowing the whistle on a corrupt principal and her union lackey (Richard Candia who by the way ran on the New Action slate in the 2010 elections).
Oh boy have they picked on the wrong guy this time. Portelos has such creds as a former engineer, top-notch STEM teacher and an elected chapter leader while in the rubber room this story is hard to ignore. Here is someone who openly admits he didn't see the need for tenure until they came for him.
You know, I have often urged teachers under attack with iron-clad creds to make these battles public but even politically active people often back away because the uft gives them hope as long as they keep it quiet - why? Because it demonstrates how weak, ineffective, uncaring, bullshit, etc the uft can be. Thank goodness someone who even the press will find impressive has had enough.
I can't get to the internet so links are not hot but here is an update from Leonie - and how great that she is taking this on while the uft is mum - I wish I could say more ----
Leonie Haimson has left a new comment on your post "The Portelos Case: A Basic Rights Issue of Our Tim...":
More on Portelos, including video, since he has been live-streaming his stay in the new version of a "rubber room" without DOE making any of the charges against him public: NBC News: Banished Teacher Live Streams Self Doing Nothing in rubber room http://shar.es/5d2SN and NYP: http://bit.ly/RlKA3c
Also the Staten island advance and nY post.
Grassroots Education Movement
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