Francesco Portelos, tenured teacher in Néw York City, was just exonerated after a suspension that lasted 826 days. The Néw York City Department of Education tried to fire him, but he refused to leave. Nearly $1 million was spent in this long ordeal. Just recently, Portelos won, was exonerated, given a $10,000 fine for some minor offense, and restored to his classroom. No, wait, he was not restored to his classsropm; he is being rotated from class to class, without an assignment.

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Subject: Big news from NYC Educator Exile. A Big Score for Teacher Tenure!

Good afternoon fellow educators,

Just sharing exciting news here in NYC. After the NYC DOE tried so hard to fire me for over two years, after 826 days they found out they failed. This is why tenure is important. Let the corporate reformers know. Thanks for your support!

DOE vs Portelos Termination Verdict Is In 826 Days After They Took Aim to Fire.

Francesco A. Portelos
IS 49 UFT Chapter Leader

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